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Force Protection team members of the Colorado National Guard perform active threat training at Joint Force Headquarters, Centennial, Colo., August 25, 2017. This training aids the CONG and partner organizations to better prepare for response to potential real life incidents and to educate Military and Veterans Affairs employees on survival tactics. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida)                 



FOR RELEASE:
Thursday, August 24, 2017

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Colorado National Guard Public Affairs Office, ng.co.coarng.list.militarysupport@mail.mil, 720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard, with the assistance of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, will train to counter active threats Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Joint Force Headquarters - Colorado in Centennial.

The training will test and evaluate the installation's emergency response procedures.

"This exercise will practice our procedures to counter an active threat," The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Loh said. "Training with our community partners to reduce risk and protect our military and civilian personnel is essential."

Anyone working or traveling in the local area may witness a higher-than-normal law enforcement presence and may hear blanks fired to simulate the chaotic environment of an active threat.

Most of the blank rounds will be fired indoors, but some may be heard at a distance.

If there's reason to believe that a real-world active threat is underway, don't hesitate to call 911.

An active threat is defined as one or more people actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, there is no pattern or method to a perpetrator's selection of victims.  Active threat situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the threat and mitigate harm to victims.

This training will add a level of personnel preparedness and is not in response to any heightened threat level or direct threat to any person or property.

In order to simulate a realistic training environment, this event is not open to the media or public. 

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