Fort Hood emergency responders held their annual two-day active shooter training exercise on May 10-11.
The training, titled “Phanton Active Shooter,” was used to test Fort Hood’s ability to respond to an active shooter on the installation. The training involved Fort Hood fire, medical amd military police, as well as Central Texas emergency responders from the surrounding communities. City officials from Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, and Temple participated in this joint response.
The training is not unique to Fort Hood and is a yearly requirement to perform a reponse to emergency training event.
“The annual requirement to host an emergency management exercise is in Army Regulation 525-27 “Army Emergency Managem”nt Program,” said Christopher Haug, a Fort Hood spokesman. “The requirement to periodically practice an active shooter scenario in an annual force protection exercise is in Army Regulation 525-13 “Antiterrorism.”
Haug said the regulation also requires each Army installation to train for mitigation of all-hazard incidents to include but not limited to, natural, manmade, and technological disasters, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incidents and accidents on or affecting Army installations, facilities, and/or activities in coordination with tenants, local, state, federal, tribal, territorial, and HN authorities, as appropriate.
Fort Hood has not practiced an active shooter exercise since 2005. The post was given credit for this type of training in 2009 and 2014 because of the real-world incidents the occurred on post, explained Mark Peterson, Fort Hood’s emergency manager.
“Fort Hood practiced the active shooter scenario this year because it was time. We have practiced many other scenarios in recent years such as tornado, train derailment, fuel spill, and rare airborne diseases for example,” Peterson said.
Next year’s proposal, Peterson said, is to practice a multijurisdictional improvised explosive devise coordinated attack both on and off post.
Fort Hood has experience dealing with active shooters in the past. In 2014, a soldier killed three other soldiers and wounded 16 before ending his own life. The gunman, Spc. Ivan López, killed himself when approached by military police.
In 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on Fort Hood soldiers preparing to deploy to war inside a processing center, killing 13 and wounding 32. Hasan was court-martialed and sentenced to death.