Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan --
with Camp Courtney Camp Guard and the Provost Marshal’s Office participated in
a bilateral security training simulation with the Uruma City Police Department
June 11 on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan.
training provided an opportunity for the UCPD, Camp Guard and PMO Marines to rehearse
communication and response procedures for unauthorized base entry involving
service members and Okinawa residents.
about communication,” said Gene Warfield, the camp anti-terrorism officer.
“This training event is designed to bring Camp Guard, PMO and the (UCPD)
together to increase proficiency and ensure notification procedures are being
to Warfield, Camp Guard, PMO and the Japanese security guards are the three
forces that ensure the security on the camp. It is crucial they are able to
execute the steps necessary to mitigate threats and potentially dangerous
situations on base.
first step when faced with vehicular unauthorized personnel on base is stopping
the vehicles the suspects are driving, according to Warfield. Drop-down
barriers are used to prevent a suspect’s vehicle from proceeding further into
the simulation, a mock suspect exited a vehicle and proceeded on foot beyond
the barrier. Camp Guard Marines patrolling
the perimeter of the camp caught sight of the unauthorized person and ordered him
suspect drew his weapon, a plastic training pistol, on the Camp Guard Marines,
who then detained him using proper search and seizure methods and alerted PMO
by radio. PMO Marines rehearsed proper custody transfer and conducted a final
search of the suspect before escorting him away from the scene.
simulation provided a sense of real-world application for the service members in
order to ensure the security on the camp, according to Dr. Ray Welch, the
Deputy Camp Commander.
between (service members) and the Uruma City Police needs to be strong in order
to maintain the good relationship we have with our host nation,” said Welch, a
Lake Arrowhead, California, native. “Without that communication, we would be
less aware of what is happening off base, and the (Uruma City Police) would be
less aware of what service members are doing to ensure safety and security on
and off base.”
Guard Marines are trained by PMO Marines to maintain security on base and
conduct themselves professionally with service members and Okinawa residents.
security guards, Okinawa residents who train and operate as a section of PMO,
work alongside Camp Guard to maintain on-base security.
a good relationship with local law enforcement allows personnel on base to
communicate back and forth regarding on and off-base incidents that may involve
(base personnel) or (Okinawa residents),” said Warfield, a Tucson, Arizona,
native. “Despite the differences between (service members) and (Okinawa
residents), we have to know how to interact with both in order to maintain
safety and security on the installation.”