'Aggressive Man' Scenario Helps Minnesota Guardsmen Improve Threat Response

September 14, 2018 02:50 PM

Minnesota Air National Guardsmen got a chance to sharpen their skills for responding to emergencies Friday.

In an exercise scenario, an aggressive man, with an explosive device strapped to his body and hostage, tried to get through one of the installation's gates.


The base called in the St. Paul police as backup to help defuse the situation.

Major Bethany Maclellan, an inspection director with the 133rd Airlift Wing, spent a month coming up with the exercise.

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Her goal is to keep guard members ready for anything. Military personnel said it helps them figure out how to respond to threats right on their doorstep.

The scenario was a wrap up of a three-day event that included an extremist threat and a package exploding at the base.

But it wasn't only about Air Guardsmen staying prepared. St. Paul police on hand learned a few lessons too -- things that help both groups work better together, Maclellan said.

"We run exercises so that we can prepare, but also so that when we do respond," she said. "We do it quickly. we do it efficiently and we hopefully save lives."

Air Guard members and police will spend time to talk about what went right and what did not. 


Jonathan Rozelle

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