Airmen, FBI partner for training

Airman 1st Class Homer Holland, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, carries an unconscious team member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Airman 1st Class Homer Holland, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, carries an unconscious team member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight enter a cordoned area to begin EOD procedures during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight enter a cordoned area to begin EOD procedures during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Tech Sgt. Tyler McLeod, 820th Combat Operations Squadron NCO in charge of training, simulates distress while wearing a hostage vest during an explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Tech Sgt. Tyler McLeod, 820th Combat Operations Squadron NCO in charge of training, simulates distress while wearing a hostage vest during an explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron fire department conduct decontamination procedures during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron fire department conduct decontamination procedures during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Staff Sgt. Brenton Brown, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam leader, prevents people from entering a cordoned area during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Staff Sgt. Brenton Brown, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam leader, prevents people from entering a cordoned area during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Frank Boniello, 23d Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter performs an initial decontamination of Senior Airman Jonah Phillips, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Frank Boniello, 23d Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter performs an initial decontamination of Senior Airman Jonah Phillips, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Jonah Phillips, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member and Staff Sgt. Joshua Basinger, 822d BDS fireteam leader, check the vitals of an unconscious team member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise was designed to simulate initial responses from first responders. Once on scene, they contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Senior Airman Jonah Phillips, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member and Staff Sgt. Joshua Basinger, 822d BDS fireteam leader, check the vitals of an unconscious team member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise was designed to simulate initial responses from first responders. Once on scene, they contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Members of Team Moody and the FBI partnered for roadside bomb and weapons of mass destruction training May 22-25, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

The training brought to light the similarities and differences between the two bomb management teams.

“They’re bomb technicians, we’re EOD technicians,” said Master Sgt. Jason Kreisler, 23d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight superintendent. “We’re one in the same, but they have a lot of procedures that they do that we tend to not normally do as military EOD techs. We’ve had a lot of good learning opportunities that our guys have been able to capture from [the FBI] and they’ve been able to learn some stuff from us as well.”

Kreisler went on to say that training like this helps streamline the tactics, techniques and procedures used between the entities. The bulk of the exercise was spent walking through various learning points.

“This is not a unit we would normally have an opportunity to work and train with,” said Kreisler. “It’s good for our guys to see the transition from our initial response, identifying it as a WMD, to the [FBI] showing up and managing the WMD.”

The exercise simulated procedures from first responders who then contacted appropriate units after assessing the potential threat and assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials, trying to keep things as realistic as possible.

“If something was to happen here, EOD, the fire department and emergency management are going to be the first people to arrive,” said Matt Brogan, 820th Base Defense Group counter improvised explosive devices integrator. “Now, who they call after that is what they’re learning, so they met the (FBI) guy from Atlanta. He’s the next-in-line and will determine whether we push out the big teams for these threats.”

While they hope the situation never occurs, they believe every bit of training helps prepare the teams to work better together.

“I’d say the best part is building that relationship and understanding how the flow and process is going to work if this situation was to arise,” said Kreisler.