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Base conducts exercise, tests emergency response procedures

Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Morgan, a response force member assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, arrests Tech. Sgt. Ty Orr, a manpower craftsman assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron, during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. During the exercise, Morgan and Orr executed detainment measures in response to a simulated terrorist attack at one of the base’s entry control points. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Morgan, a response force member assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron, arrests Tech. Sgt. Ty Orr, a manpower craftsman assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron, during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. During the exercise, Morgan and Orr executed detainment measures in response to a simulated terrorist attack at one of the base’s entry control points. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Members of the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight prepare to deploy an F-6/A robot during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. EOD responded to a simulated terrorist attack and used the robot to search and detonate a simulated explosive device during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Members of the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight prepare to deploy an F-6/A robot during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. EOD responded to a simulated terrorist attack and used the robot to search and detonate a simulated explosive device during the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Airman 1st Class Roderick Williams, a bioenvironmental engineering journeyman assigned to the 28th Medical Operations Squadron, dons a chemical protection suit during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. During the exercise, the bioenvironmental engineering flight responded to a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environmental (CBRNE) threat to determine if it was an immediate threat to the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

Airman 1st Class Roderick Williams, a bioenvironmental engineering journeyman assigned to the 28th Medical Operations Squadron, dons a chemical protection suit during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. During the exercise, the bioenvironmental engineering flight responded to a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear environmental (CBRNE) threat to determine if it was an immediate threat to the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

28th Bomb Wing Inspection Team members brief Airmen from the 28th Medical Operations Squadron bioenvironmental engineering response team during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate emergency management response procedures in the event of a terrorist attack at the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

28th Bomb Wing Inspection Team members brief Airmen from the 28th Medical Operations Squadron bioenvironmental engineering response team during an exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., June 7, 2017. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate emergency management response procedures in the event of a terrorist attack at the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Hailey Staker)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Ellsworth Air Force Base Airmen participated in an anti-terrorism exercise June 7, 2017.

The exercise tested the emergency response procedures base-wide to ensure the installation can identify and respond appropriately to a threat.

“The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate unit anti-terrorism programs and the implementation of the program objectives,” said Master Sgt. Martin Evans, the noncommissioned officer in charge of plans and programs assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing Inspector General office.

Once the threat was initially identified, the individual was apprehended by response force members assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron.

During initial interrogation, the mock-terrorist informed the Defenders there was a simulated vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in his car. Due to this, members from the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron’s fire department responded to the scene and notified the 28th CES explosive ordnance disposal flight to further identify the simulated explosive device and render it safe.  

After the simulated explosive device was detonated, 28th Medical Operations Squadron bioenvironmental engineering flight personnel responded to determine if there was a simulated biological agent present.

Exercises like this are held throughout the year provide insight into Ellsworth’s capabilities and improve upon emergency response processes.

“The objectives for this exercise included base-wide implementation of force protection condition measures and to establish effective command and control at the incident scene, which were met throughout the exercise” Evans said.