WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Army National Guard post in Wyoming held active shooter training on Tuesday.
Guardsmen and full-time civilian employees received guidelines on how to respond in an active shooter situation, rather than a specific step-by-step process. The main lesson was not to run, but instead to fight back.
The annual training was not scheduled in response to the recent attack on a military support center in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left four Marines and a sailor dead. However, that attack was mentioned as an example of why the training focuses on fighting back.
“I see it as vital,” said Michigan National Guard Sgt. Scott Watkins. “If you look at the world view, the world threat that is out there, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we have enemy in our own backyard. And we look at the incidences like in Tennessee in last month and trace it back and now you wear this uniform every day and you are a target.”
Following the Chattanooga attack, Michigan updated its rules, allowing guardsmen with concealed carry permits to carry guns while in uniform.