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    Operation Prominent Hunt: Training tests joint operations

    PUEBLO CHEMICAL DEPOT, CO, UNITED STATES

    10.05.2018

    Story by 2nd Lt. Ryan Bradley 

    1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

    Soldiers with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted joint training with federal law enforcement agencies, DOD agencies and the first responders for Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) in Pueblo Sept. 17-19 in support of Operation Prominent Hunt.

    More than 100 Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st SBCT, were sent to PCD in support of Operation Prominent Hunt, an interagency training exercise designed to test the installation’s ability to use federal and state to augment personnel during an emergency. The three-day exercise allowed various organizations to learn each other’s capabilities and techniques during events such as an active shooter or a mass casualty emergency.

    “Learning how other agencies operate and teaching those agencies how we operate was an amazing experience,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Munson, platoon sergeant, 4th Bn., 9 Inf. Reg., 1st SBCT.

    The 1st SBCT served as a force multiplier at the PCD.

    The brigade Soldiers arrived at the PCD in the evening of Sept. 17 and immediately began coordinating efforts with the PCD police
    and security to increase the installation’s protection posture.

    During the mission, Soldiers received shoot-house training from experts in urban tactics.

    Infantry Soldiers with 4th Bn., 9th Inf. Reg.,1st SBCT, spent more than six hours inside a shoothouse facility learning advanced room-clearing techniques from the PCD’s special response team.The training was conducted in buildings with varying architecture, requiring teams to breach and clear rooms, adapting the team member composition to the environment. The PCD shoot house tested Soldiers on their ability to clear odd shaped rooms, stair cases and wide open buildings.

    “Training in the shoot house (in Pueblo) was an awesome event for our young Soldiers,” said Staff Sgt. David Ingram, 4th Bn., 9th Inf. Reg., 1st SBCT.
    “It had different style rooms and corners compared to the shoot house on Carson.”

    The interagency exercise concluded with a mass casualty training exercise.

    Mass casualty situations arise when resources or personnel are overwhelmed beyond medical treatment capabilities during an emergency. During the exercise, Soldiers and the PCD first responders were notified of the mass casualty situation at the depot during day three of the training mission. The two agencies worked together to create a streamlined patient triage system and an organized medical evacuation plan. Medical providers were tested on their ability to analyze and see past distractions in the chaotic environment to deliver timely care to the most critical patients that required immediate extrication.

    “The mass casualty exercise was a great experience for our medics to cross train with civilian first responders, and see how they triage casualties during emergency situations,” said Spc. Morgan Williams, 4th Bn., 9 Inf. Reg., 1st SBCT.

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    Date Taken: 10.05.2018
    Date Posted: 10.24.2018 15:14
    Story ID: 297545
    Location: PUEBLO CHEMICAL DEPOT, CO, US 

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