JOINT BASE MYER HENDERSON HALL, VA – On August 4th, 2021, Applied Training Solutions (ATS) successfully designed and supported an emergency training exercise at the Joint Base Myer Henderson Hall (JBMHH) in Virginia.  ATS facilitated the exercise by providing exercise planning, design, control, support, and simulation services.

To meet the commander’s training objectives and compliance with Installation Management Command (IMCOM) and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards, ATS utilized their experience and industry leading techniques to craft a training scenario to satisfy the installation’s requirements. The design allowed JBMHH to train on 15 IMCOM core capabilities and resulted in the installation’s ability to meet their five primary training objectives.

The purpose of the exercise was to test the installation’s Base Defense Operations Center’s (BDOC) transition into their Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and their response to multiple events including protestors at a main Access Control Point (ACP) and a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack causing damage to critical infrastructure, fatalities, as well as a water outage over a large part of the post.

The scenario began with a hypothetical domestic extremist group of protestors demonstrating at the installation’s main ACP.  As the crowd dispersed, two of the group’s members attempted to breech the gate and were apprehended.  As they were apprehended, they detonated a truck by using a VBIED, which resulted in multiple injuries and fatalities, as well as caused damage to critical infrastructure, including a main water junction causing a water outage over a large section of the installation.  These events required the garrison to implement procedures to perform triage on and treat injured personnel, process the remains of the deceased, determine if an increased threat level was warranted, aid displaced personnel, assess and clear damaged infrastructure, and work to restore essential services in order to return the garrison to a fully mission capable status as quickly as possible.

The scenario created by the ATS team prompted the installation to transition their BDOC into their EOC, activate its Threat Working Group, Crisis Action Team, and Recovery Working Groups and assisted in ensuring JBMHH met its directorate and installation-level training objectives.


“As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercises solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities. 

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