News: Soldiers, law enforcement train together
Story by Staff Sgt. Mylinda Durousseau
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Soldiers from 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division joined members of the Fairbanks Police Department and Alaska State Troopers for a hands-on weapons workshop covering training techniques at the Fairbanks Airport Police Department, July 22.
The eight-hour workshop, hosted by the Fairbanks Police Department and conducted by Khyber Interactive Associates, focused on dynamic movement, reaction-time enhancement, compressed distance and unconventional shooting positions. The workshop was designed for those in attendance to learn how to better train personnel for modern combat and real-world conditions.
“When training isn’t up to par and their mind isn’t where it needs to be, that’s when shortcomings happen,” said Wes Doss, Khyber founder and president.
Doss blew a whistle, signaling for his students to draw their weapon from their holster and fire two rounds into the circle on their target. He blew the whistle again, 1.75 seconds later, signaling the end of that round.
Many of the drills used in the workshop were 2.5 seconds or less. Doss said he trains people to shorten their reaction times in hopes that they can shorten the length of a conflict.
“When a conflict occurs the safest resolution is to stop it as fast as humanly possible, not prolong it,” said Doss.
As a retired Army master sergeant and retired law enforcement officer, Doss is familiar with the team atmosphere his students work in and he said hopes each person will take what they learn and teach it to their team members.
“Having the opportunity to come out here and do this, for me, is important,” said Capt. Sean Allred, 1/25 SBCT plans officer and Atlanta native. “Hopefully (I will) learn something and bring it back as a perspective on future training as I plan training for the brigade."
Although the workshop focused on training, it also provided an opportunity for students to gain training outside of the environment they are accustomed to.
“I think more than anything it is about being able to see different people shoot and the cooperation with the local and state (police) who are out here,” said 1st Sgt. Robert Whitely, 1/25 SBCT Brigade Troops Battalion senior enlisted leader and Clarksville, Tenn., native.
At the end of the day, no matter what uniform they were wearing, each of the students walked away with more experience and knowledge than they started with.