Michigan military gets more active-shooter training

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 27, 2015

LANSING, Mich. - It seems like with each passing week, Americans are witnesses to the horror of another mass shooting.  First responders, police and our military must prepare for them and confront these realities head-on.

Most recently, the shooting at a military site in Chattanooga has prompted active-shooter trainings at military bases across the country, including Monday in Lansing.

The Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs holds one active-shooter training each year, but after Chattanooga, they added another one.

The battalion that we watched Monday saw demonstrations of some self-defense moves and listened to presentations on how to eliminate a threat if an attacker comes on base.  For example, instead of running and hiding, fight back.  There is strength in numbers.

One sergeant tells us that many of the men and women on the bases have been to some of the most dangerous parts of the world, like Iraq and Afghanistan, so being able to switch to a combat mindset while on friendly ground can be tough if an attack happens where it is least expected.