U.S. Marines and Naval personnel with Special Reaction Team, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, pose for a photo during multiple weapons sustainment training on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 11, 2022.
U.S. Marines and Naval personnel with Special Reaction Team, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, pose for a photo during multiple weapons sustainment training on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 11, 2022.

US Marine Corps Special Reaction Team Conducts Multiple Weapons Sustainment Training

High-risk emergencies can happen anytime and require the attention of a specific group known as the Special Reaction Team, or commonly referred to as SRT. The members of SRT are attached to the Provost Marshal’s Office and are always on standby to respond to situations such as an active shooter, hostage situations, and barricaded subjects. To remain proficient, SRT practices marksmanship weekly by conducting range firing and team tactics. As they continue to train, the team members have adapted to work not only with a dynamic approach but also with a psychological one.

The Special Reaction Team works on an emergency basis. When a threat is deemed too high risk for a patrolman, SRT receives a call to neutralize the subject. Their main goal is to contain, control, and dominate a threat psychologically or physically. Diamond explained that he sees SRT continuing to move positively by adapting to the new situations and developing new tactics to protect bases across Okinawa further. Diamond explained that they will continue to grow and work as a team, furthering their goal to contain, control, and dominate a threat psychologically or physically.

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Russell Harned, left, a team commander, supervises Cpl. Dylan Diamond, right, a team leader with Special Reaction Team, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, during multiple weapons sustainment training on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 11, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Beauchamp)

“We shot from a tower structure to simulate engaging a hostel target from a sniper position. Afterward, we moved to a short range to practice static fire, multiple hostel engagements, and team movement drills. We conducted a familiarization course of fire with an M40A6 rifle, Colt M45A1 Close Quarter Battle Pistol, P320-M18 pistol, and M4A1 Carbines. The way we execute the mission at hand has drastically changed. We still enter structures in a dynamic style, referring to kicking down doors, but we now take into account a psychological approach” said Gunnery Sgt. Russell Harned, team commander with SRT, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

A special reaction team (SRT) is a specially trained team or element within law enforcement units of the United States Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marine Corps, and civilian police departments that responds to the highest-risk situations within a military base or compound. The SRT units in the United States military are equivalents of civilian police department SRT units and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams, and receive their training at the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

U.S. Marines and Naval personnel with Special Reaction Team, Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, pose for a photo during multiple weapons sustainment training on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 11, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Beauchamp)