Government Training Institute Newsletter November 2010

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Fort Hood lessons promote better force protection

11/05/2010 Story by Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON - One year after a tragic shooting spree left 13 people dead and 32 more injured at Fort Hood, Texas, the military is working at every level to apply lessons learned to protect the force against an increasingly complex threat, an Army force-protection official told American Forces Press Service.

The Fort Hood incident forced the military to evaluate, "not just the tactical-level response that happened at Fort Hood specifically, but also the processes and systems and policies that were in place for the Department of Defense as a whole that could have led to what happened," said Mary "Chris" Frels, deputy provost marshal for U.S. Army North.

As U.S. Northern Command's Army component, Army North has responsibility for force protection at Fort Hood and all other Army installations in the U.S. homeland.

Frels cited solid department-wide progress in fixing shortcomings identified in several investigations and reviews following the Nov. 5, 2009, incident. These include findings of an independent panel Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates appointed to study the issues and recommendations in their 86-page report issued in January.

Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Training Course

February 7th - 11th, 2011 / Location GTI's Joint Operations Center in Barnwell, South Carolina

The Government Training Institute's 60 hour Force Protection / Anti-Terrorism Course is an intensive five day course. Instructors for the course are retired U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers with real world operational experience in conducting Force Protection and Counter and Anti-Terrorism Operations. The entire course incorporates the latest AARs and lessons learned from OIF and OEF, giving soldiers the most recent, intensive, and realistic training experience possible.

For more information or to register, please contact the Government Training Institute by calling 803-259-1935 or via email at
Custom Rappel and Fast Rope Course

January 4th - 6th, 2011 / Training Location GTI's Joint Operations Center in Barnwell, South Carolina

The Government Training Institute is offering a three day custom Rappel and Fast Rope course designed to enhance and develop the capabilities of the student. The student will learn proper gear selection and inspection along with procedures, tactics and techniques on both fast rope and rappelling. The student will be tested during every phase with an emphasis on safety. At the conclusion of this course the student will leave with a greater sense of confidence as well as an understanding of the inner workings on both fast rope and rappelling.

For more information or to register, please contact the Government Training Institute by calling 803-259-1935 or via email at

Special thanks to Richard Sleight with Columbian Specialty Products a division of Plymkraft for his support in providing GTI with an M/P Type 1 HELI-VAC™ FAST ROPEŽ for use in our DHS Approved SWAT Typing Courses and Custom Rappel & Fast Rope classes taught throughout the United States.

The HELI-VAC™ FAST ROPEŽ an efficient, safe method for infiltrating and evacuating special operation personnel to / from point targets. Special low stretch abrasion resistant fibers combined with COLUMBIAN'S PLI-MOORŽ construction reduce rope kinking and afford fast, fully controlled descent, and safe, sure ascent. Designed for easy handling, sure grip with maximum heat dissipation, and minimum stretch (working elasticity) through a unique blend of synthetic fibers and COLUMBIAN'S exclusive PLI-MOORŽ construction.

For more information about the HELI-VAC™ FAST ROPEŽ or other rope products contact Richard at or visit the Columbian Specialty Products website.

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