Boone National Guard Center Security annual training

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

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Security Officers Marcus Evans and Josh Bryant engage targets during a simulation exercise at the Boone National Guard Center Security Team annual training in Frankfort, Ky. (photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – “Train as you fight” is a common saying in the U.S. Army referring to maintaining readiness both on and off the battlefield.  Security officers at Boone National Guard Center put that philosophy to the test during their annual anti-terrorism training recently in Frankfort, Ky.

“We bring all our officers in to have collective training and go over basic necessities up close,” said Larry McCord, BNGC security operations chief. “This training allows us to be on the same page doing the same thing.”

The two day training consisted of day and nighttime small arms live fire, escalation of force protection, interactive combat simulator training, using less than lethal weapons and entry control point operations.  It concluded with a 50 question comprehensive exam.

Security Operations Chief Larry McCord instructs Officer Ginger Starrett during a entry control point exercise at the Boone National Guard Center Security annual anti-terrorism training in Frankfort, Ky. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)

“If we are planning on carrying certain weapons and devices, we need to know how to use them,” said Marcus Evans, BNGC security shift supervisor.  “This training gives us the opportunity to be proficient.”

Security team got assistants with local law enforcements, state and BNGC command staff to aid in their standard of operations procedures.  Kentucky Guardsmen also provided assistance with gate security to free up time for the two day training.

“I like to thank Col. (retired) Mike Jones, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs executive director, Col.  Charles Harris, Intel and Security chief, and volunteered Guardsmen for their help in our security training,” says McCord.

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