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SWAT team trains at 178th Wing

The Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) provided advanced team tactics training to members of local law enforcement, Oct. 22, 2019, at Springfield-Beckley Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Ohio. Facilities at the Ohio Air National Guard's 178th Wing provided a unique, cost-effective training environment for members of the Springfield Police Department SWAT and Clark County Narcotics Unit to strengthen their skills. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Simones)

The Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) provided advanced team tactics training to members of local law enforcement, Oct. 22, 2019, at Springfield-Beckley Air National Guard Base in Springfield, Ohio. Facilities at the Ohio Air National Guard's 178th Wing provided a unique, cost-effective training environment for members of the Springfield Police Department SWAT and Clark County Narcotics Unit to strengthen their skills. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Simones)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Wilson, the unit training manager assigned to the 178th Security Forces Squadron, 178th Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, participates in advanced team tactics training with members of local law enforcement, Oct. 22, 2019, at Springfield-Beckley Air National Gaurd Base in Springfield, Ohio. The Ohio Tactical Officers Association provided this innovative training opportunity to local law enforcement to enhance their skills. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Simones)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Wilson, the unit training manager assigned to the 178th Security Forces Squadron, 178th Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, participates in advanced team tactics training with members of local law enforcement, Oct. 22, 2019, at Springfield-Beckley Air National Gaurd Base in Springfield, Ohio. The Ohio Tactical Officers Association provided this innovative training opportunity to local law enforcement to enhance their skills. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rachel Simones)

SPRINGFIELD-BECKLEY AIR GUARD STATION, Ohio -- The Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) provided advanced team tactics training to local law enforcement Oct. 22, 2019.

“The Springfield SWAT team was looking for a location to conduct some training,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Wilson, the unit training manager with the 178th Wing's Security Forces Squadron, Ohio Air National Guard. “They brought in guest instructors from the OTOA to lead this highly skilled training in our buildings here.”

Facilities at the 178th Wing provided a unique, cost-effective training environment for members of the Springfield Police Department SWAT and Clark County Narcotics Unit to strengthen their skills.

“Today, we provided close-quarter battle training,” said Jim Hardman, the training operations chief with Ohio Tactical Officers Association. “We also trained on how to handle search warrants, barricades and modified hostage rescue situations.”

Members of the OTOA and local law enforcement coordinated with 178th Wing Security Forces Squadron (SFS) to secure the training location. This collaboration enhances community safety and builds bonds between organizations to handle future threats effectively.

“It’s always been mutually valuable to train together,” said Wilson. “I don’t want the first time I meet these guys to be when an incident occurs. We’re building those relationships now.”

The tactics the OTOA demonstrated provide 178th SFS members with an innovative outlook on how to conduct operations.

“We supply training, equipment and evaluations to law enforcement, police officers and first responders throughout the state of Ohio and other locations throughout the nation,” said Hardman.

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