Government Training Institute Newsletter June 2011

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Wounded Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry
WASHINGTON (May 31, 2011 Army News Service)

An Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow Soldiers will be the second living Medal of Honor Recipient from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On July 12, 2011, President Barack Obama will award Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Petry will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan, May 26, 2008.

Petry now serves as part of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.

Read the complete story on our website.
New Agencies Working with GTI

I am excited to announce several new agencies that I have had the pleasure to work with and are new to GTI. In June we are honored to travel to Fairbury, NE to bring our Immediate Action Teams Class to 30 officers who work near the area of Jefferson County. A very special thank you to Deputy Chief Matt Schultz, who since November of 2010, has been working hard to chase funding and make this class happen.

In August we are scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh, PA to meet up with the fine officers from Region 13 for another IAT class. Special thanks to Steve Kontaxe and William Krulac for making this happen.

In September we travel to Exeter, PA for a seven day basic Swat Class. Special thanks to Chief Christopher Neidert, who since Jan 2011, has been working tirelessly to get this training for his department.

Also a special thanks to our agencies that have been part of the GTI family for quite a while now. A Special Thank You! to Lincoln County KS, Santa Ana CA Police, Delaware Emergency Management, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Knox County TN EMA.

Alec Sarrazolla

Alec Sarrazolla
Training Coordinator
803-259-1935 - Office
Are We Prepared?  A Chilling Scenario.

Peter N. Spagnolo
June 7, 2011 by Peter N. Spagnolo

When American commandos took Osama bin Laaden out in early May of this year, they also conducted as thorough a search of the compound as the situation allowed. Among the most interesting pieces of intelligence collected in this operation were documents strongly leading US antiterrorism authorities to believe that Osama was, up to the last days of his life, encouraging his adherents to conduct armed attacks on targets within the borders of the United States. These attacks would probably be along the lines of the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which, over three violent days, claimed the lives of some 164 innocents. The terror attacks in Mumbai consisted of ten separate, but coordinated attacks; they were well planned and executed. Osama exhorted his followers to conduct small-scale attacks with firearms. It appears that the aircraft attacks of 911 were too costly, took too many resources and too much time to plan.

While these attacks were spectacular, Osama believed that smaller attacks, in smaller US cities would have an even more dramatic impact on the citizens of the United States.

Read the complete story on our website.
New York Agency Hosts GTI's DHS-Basic SWAT

On May 22nd - 28th, operators from Ulster and Greene County Sheriff's Offices along with operators from Ulster, New Paltz, Saugerties and Shandaken Police Departments attended GTI's 7-day DHS-Basic SWAT class hosted by Ulster County Sheriff's Office in Kingston, New York. Students learn proven tactics, techniques and procedures for SWAT operations. Students learn SWAT operations specific to terrorist threats and current mission essential tasks utilized by SWAT teams across the nation. Special thanks to First Sgt. Perry Soule and Sgt. Allen Rowe from Ulster County Sheriff's Office for bringing this class to their agency. To attend or bring a GTI DHS-Basic, Type III, II or I SWAT course to your agency or area, please feel free to contact me for a free quote.

Scott Sailor

To attend or bring a GTI DHS-Basic SWAT or any of GTI's courses to your agency or area, please feel free to contact me for a free quote.

Scott Sailor
Training Coordinator
803-259-1935 - Office
Advanced CBRNE Training
Advanced CBRNE Training
The JOC is a former nuclear fuels reprocessing plant that has been converted into an all hazards training site. With much of the structures remaining complete, including control room, tanks, miles of pipes, etc. The JOC can offer a real world training experience.

GTI in conjunction with Savannah River National Labs (SRNL) have the facilities and additional assets to offer the most advanced CBRNE training solutions available.
Scenario Based Training Facilitations for:
  • Chemistry and Chemical Agents
  • Biological Agents
  • Radiological Detection
  • Chemical Detection
  • Biological Detection
Full Site Access for:
  • Sensitive Site Assessment
  • Site Exploitation and Characterization
To schedule a training event or a site visit, please contact Jason Kemper at 803-259-1935 or
Homeland Security Funding for GTI Classes

What do Santa Ana CA Police, Rapides Parish Sheriff LA, Delaware State Police, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Knox County TN, Ada County Sheriff ID, Virgin Islands Police, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, to name a few, all have in common? They all have used DHS funding to pay tuition to attend GTI classes!

Did you know that Homeland Security Funding can be used to pay for GTI Classes and in some cases fund a complete class made up of regional agencies? Since 2005, I have worked with both large and small state and local agencies to access DHS funds that are passed down to them from the federal government. If your agency is in need of Active Shooter, Swat, or IED Awareness Classes, feel free to contact me at anytime! I would love to assist you in finding available funds that you can access to attend our classes or have a mobile training team bring them to your jurisdiction.

Alec Sarrazolla - Training Coordinator - 803-259-1935 - Office -
Jun 13th - Jul 2nd
Jun 20th - Jun 23rd
Jul 11th - Aug 5th
Jul 14th - Jul 16th
Jul 18th - Jul 20th
Aug 1st - Aug 15th
Aug 12th - Aug 14th
Sep 5th - Sep 30th
Sep 8th - Sep 10th
Sep 10th - Sep 16th
Sep 12th - Sep 14th
Sep 19th - Sep 25th
Type II SWAT (Rapid Parish, LA)
Sniper (Barnwell, SC)
Type I SWAT (Barnwell, SC)
Immediate Action Teams (IAT) Active Shooter (Santa Ana, CA)
Immediate Action Teams (IAT) Active Shooter (Santa Ana, CA)
Type III SWAT (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands)
Immediate Action Teams (IAT) Active Shooter (Pittsburgh, PA)
Type III-II-I SWAT (Smyrna, DE)
Immediate Action Teams (IAT) Active Shooter (Santa Ana, CA)
Basic SWAT (Exeter, PA)
Immediate Action Teams (IAT) Active Shooter (Santa Ana, CA)
Basic SWAT (Chemung / Elmira, NY)
The Government Training Institute (GTI) was founded in 2003 to address needs of state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States with research based training. GTI's multiple courses contain a cooperative curriculum base and ongoing research from the staff with 400 years of operational military and law enforcement experience.

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