Ten members of the Y-12 National Security Complex Protective ForceÂ graduated from the Central Training Facilityâ€™s Tactical Response Force 200, or TRFâ€‘200.
This was the first course held at Y-12 in recent years,Â Y-12 said in December.
Y-12 said the training is intense and specific. Graduates prove they have the skills to execute operations that include recapture/recover and pursuit in order to support any interruption within the U.S. Department of Energy environment.
â€œGraduating from this training takes dedication,â€ said Eric Belcher, director of Yâ€‘12 Protective Force. â€œThe class members worked their way through a series of tests and evaluations to participate in the course. Training involved intense physical and mental evaluations along with a requirement to demonstrate the potential to complete a fourâ€‘week intense program. Once in the course, they endured a grueling fullâ€‘day schedule of training.â€
The graduates, who are now members of the special response team, displayed marksmanship skills, battle techniques, mechanical and ballistic breaching techniques, and other defenseâ€‘related skills. They applied their skills in liveâ€‘fire exercises and forceâ€‘onâ€‘force scenarios under day and night conditions, Y-12 said.
“This class is special; it is the first to attend training at the CTF, but it wonâ€™t be the last,” Y-12 said. “The plan is to conduct one course per year. Previously, to obtain the qualification, Protective Force members traveled to the National Training Center to participate in SRT training.”
Tactical Operations Manager Neal Wolfenbarger said, â€œThe cadre at our Central Training Facility has worked tirelessly to prepare for and conduct this class.â€
Teamwork isnâ€™t new to Protective Force members, especially when coming from a military or law enforcement background.
Wolfenbarger said: â€œEach of these men have demonstrated the spirit of performance excellence by successfully completing the long road to becoming an SRT member. They understand the importance of teamwork, overcame adversity, made adjustments to achieve success, and most importantly, understand the critical nature of mission success.â€
SRT graduate Matt Sexton said: â€œIf one person doesnâ€™t pull his or her weight, the mission fails. This idea is in our daily operations. Weâ€™re required as a team to be good communicators and have a commitment to a common goal; both of these are the cornerstones of teamwork.â€
Kris Sutton tied teamwork more directly to mission work. â€œYou have to trust your fellow teammates to have each otherâ€™s backs,” he said. “You also have to understand each shift workerâ€™s positions to ensure mission success.â€
Y-12 said the dedicated members of the SRT have set high standards and have a desire to protect the mission. â€œSRT is something I have wanted to do for a few years now,â€ Brandon Lambert, another graduate of the program, said. â€œIt was a good feeling of accomplishment. It was also good to see how a group of guys from different backgrounds can come together as a team and accomplish challenging tasks.â€
That teamwork mindset is something all Consolidated Nuclear Security employees should have, Y-12 said. CNS manages and operatesÂ the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.
ProForce member and graduate Brandon Stockwell said: â€œEveryone must know their job and be proactive. I think everyone at the site has a sense of duty to our country and wants to be part of Yâ€‘12â€™s success. I feel proud to be a part of this team and to be around others with the same motivation and drive.â€
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