Nebraska National Guard Hosts Major Active Shooter Exercise

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Nebraska National Guard air base in Lincoln hosted a combined agency active shooter response exercise on Thursday.

The exercise is designed to test and strengthen multiple civilian and military first response activities following an active shooter situation.

"It's just an opportunity for us to continue to be proactive," said Chief Master Sgt. Carl Oestmann. "Learn from each other, work as a team, be cohesive and that's what we're getting from this exercise today."

The morning exercise included simulated emergency radio traffic and physical first response activities involving the Nebraska Air National Guard’s 155th Security Forces Squadron, Lincoln Police Department, the Lincoln Fire and Rescue Department, and others.

"There are a lot of acronyms in the military," said Oestmann. "And if you use those when you have first responders from outside the building responding you could have some misunderstanding."

"I've been around a lot of training scenarios like this but not a lot with this many separate agencies involved," said Sgt. Ryan Dale with the Lincoln Police. "And working together I was really impressed with how everyone was able to quickly adapt and communicate with one another."

The exercise was limited to the Nebraska National Guard air base property.

There was no disruption in access by the public to the Lincoln Municipal Airport, nor did the exercise disrupt any civilian or commercial flights.