Photograph by Kevin Larson
Position gamers simulating protesters at Fort Stewart’s Wright Military Airfield gate as army police defend it throughout the set up’s emergency response train, Stewart Guardian, April 16.
Set up practices “worst day” throughout annual Stewart Guardian train
Protestors chanted on the gate of Fort Stewart’s Wright Military Airfield. At Hunter Military Airfield, explosions consumed the gas storage space and spilled plane gasoline throughout a big swatch of the set up. April 14 was a nasty day for the installation.
It was designed to be. And it was all an train.
Fort Stewart-Hunter Military Airfield holds Stewart Guardian yearly. It’s the set up’s probability to implement and validate emergency response to eventualities like those practiced this yr.
Garrison train planner Beau Bradley was liable for creating this yr’s train. He, together with others from the Directorate of Plans, Coaching, Mobilization and Safety, in addition to emergency providers, human assets, public works, and different garrison places of work got here collectively to hash out the main points to make the train rigorous and profitable.
“I made a decision to leverage and belief organizations ‘trusted brokers’ to speak their administrators’ intent to make sure we achieved success,” Bradley mentioned. “Stewart Guardian 2021 exceeded my expectations as each Fort Stewart and Hunter Military Airfield demonstrated excellence within the core capabilities we chosen to train. Of observe, we exercised each Installations on the identical day, one thing that has not been completed on a number of years.”
Planning for the train started months prematurely.
“Because the DPTMS train planner, I spent significant time reviewing present after motion evaluations to determine areas to train and develop a stable plan,” Bradley mentioned.
The train was designed to be difficult however not unattainable. Total, the intent was to determine areas of each success and enchancment.
“As with every coaching occasion, we noticed areas to enhance on and these will probably be addressed on the corrective motion plans,” Bradley mentioned.
Garrison Commander Col. Bryan Logan referred to as the train successful.
“Stewart Guardian was a superb opportunity to emphasize our techniques and teammates,” Logan mentioned. “We all the time be taught and develop from these practiceing occasions. It’s all about retaining our group protected.”
The train did end in some minor visitors impacts on account of set up gates being closed. Fort Stewart train planners and management recognize the persistence of the group throughout the train. Planning is already underway for subsequent yr’s Stewart Guardian.