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A Humvee rushes in response to an exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. The 509th Security Forces Squadron performs routine exercises in order to hone their response to various potential real-world scenarios.

A Humvee rushes in response to an exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. The 509th Security Forces Squadron performs routine exercises in order to hone their response to various potential real-world scenarios.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Nutter, a 509th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, controlled entry during an exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. An entry control point was stood up to account for all response force personnel in the simulated danger area.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Nutter, a 509th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, controlled entry during an exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. An entry control point was stood up to account for all response force personnel in the simulated danger area.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tamia Sheegog, a 509th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) response team member, performs surveillance from a Bearcat’s turret at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. SFS personnel are qualified on the M-240 machine gun, M-16 and M-4 rifle, M-9 Beretta and many other weapons to protect government assets and personnel.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tamia Sheegog, a 509th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) response team member, performs surveillance from a Bearcat’s turret at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. SFS personnel are qualified on the M-240 machine gun, M-16 and M-4 rifle, M-9 Beretta and many other weapons to protect government assets and personnel.

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- A Humvee rushes in response to an exercise at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 4, 2017. The 509th Security Forces Squadron performs routine exercises in order to hone their response to various potential real-world scenarios.