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Pacific Partnership 2017 Draws To a Close May 31, 2017 — Pacific Partnership 2017 was the first Pacific Partnership mission to visit Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Navy hosted a large scale humanitarian aid and disaster response field training exercise (FTX) MORE

Phoenix Express 2017 kicks off with Opening Ceremony May 17, 2017 — Phoenix Express, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F), is designed to improve regional cooperation, increase maritime domain MORE

Non-lethal training: Defense of the American embassies May 12, 2017 — Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit give commands to a simulated mob during Composite Training Unit Exercise aboard USS Pearl Harbor MORE

Black Sea Rotation Force Marines Train with Romanian Law Enforcement May 11, 2017 — Romanian law enforcement officials get hands-on training with riot shields, batons, and tasers during a law enforcement training held by U.S. Marines at U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania, May 11, 2017. MORE

Tears Under the Sun: SPMAGTF-CR-CC Marines Conduct non-lethal weapons training May 8, 2017 — U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Gilbow, non-lethal weapons instructor and detainee operations chief with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, observes Marines receiving proper shielding techniques during a one-week non-lethal weapons class while forward deployed in the Middle East, May 8, 2017. The training ensures SPMAGTF Marines are prepared to respond to a variety of scenarios that may occur across the USCENTCOM area of operations. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a well-trained crisis response unit that has the ability to project combat power over vast distances using organic aviation, logistical, and ground combat assets. MORE

MCESG Non-Lethal training April 28, 2017 — U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Louis H. Flores, left, instructor advisor with Marine Corps Embassy Security Group sprays a student during oleoresin capsicum spray training at Weapons Training Battalion, MORE

Stronger Together than Apart April 22, 2017 — A safe, stable and secure Africa is in the best interest of the United States and its allied countries. In effort to elevate and strengthen military forces and relationships, Exercise African Lion 17 (AL), held in Morocco, was created to establish our commitment to African security and peace support operations. MORE

Containing the riot: Japanese grunts receive non lethal weapons training April 18, 2017 — MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan – Protesters yell and chant, while a riot control platoon comes rolling in like Thor, the Norse god of thunder. The protesters began to charge, but the platoon MORE

US Marines, Sailors train with Papua New Guinea Defense Force in preparation for APEC 2018 April 15, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors embarked aboard USS Comstock arrived in Port Moresby, April 15, 2017, for a Theater Security Cooperation engagement with the Papua New Guinea Defense Force. MORE

How to Shock the Commander March 17, 2017 — The training that SFS members go through to use a taser includes a class and written test. They have to view people getting tased, but can choose not to be tased themselves. McDonald is one of two SFS members to attend the Inter-service Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor Course. The INIWIC qualifies individuals to teach less-lethal tactics to others and requires recertification every two years for taser qualification. MORE

50 SFS Conducts Taser Training [Photo] February 21, 2017 — Airman 1st Class Sandra Zavalza is incapacitated as Staff Sgt. James Porter and Master Sgt. Michael Denenarro support her during a TASER demonstration training at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. All three Airmen 50th Security Forces Squadron defenders participated in the training to familiarize themselves with its effects. MORE

To the Face February 14, 2017 — Marines from 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, Charlie Battery, the non-lethal weapons company for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted training on Camp Pendleton, Feb. 14, 2017, to sharpen their skills in a variety of non-lethal weapons tactics they would use to stabilize hostile situations. MORE

Cobra Gold 2017 Officially Kicks Off In Thailand February 14, 2017 — Multi-National Forces from 29 nations were in attendance during the official opening ceremony of the largest Theater Security Cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Cobra Gold 2017, held at Sattahip, Thailand on February 14th. MORE

BSRF 17.1 conducts Non-Lethal Weapons training [Photo] February 10, 2017 — A U.S. Marine with Black Sea Rotation Force 17.1 endures oleoresin capsicum (OC) contamination during non-lethal weapons training aboard Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base, Romania on Feb. 10, 2017. MORE

Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course January 31, 2017 — NLW Training for Base Security. MORE

Ready to defend January 24, 2017 — Security Forces defenders put their use of force knowledge and less-lethal weapons training to the test in the “shoot house,” a portion of a warehouse set up for tactical training, where they were given various scenarios and had to decide what level of force, if any, to apply. MORE

Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor Course January 16, 2017 — Students with the Non-Lethal weapons Instructor Course form a shield formation on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Japanese security guards complete a week long Non-Lethal MORE

Marines Learn Crowd and Riot Control Techniques [VIDEO] January 13, 2017 — Riot Control Video MORE

Advancing through experience – 131st MP Co. deploys to GITMO December 15, 2016 — Soldiers assigned to the 131st Military Police Company, South Carolina Army National Guard, deployed to Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba. MORE

OC, OC, OC! | Marines endure non-lethal weapons training December 2, 2016 — SPMAGTF-CR-AF Marines conducted non-lethal training at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, Dec. 2, 2016. During the week-long course, Marines endured taser training, mechanical arm control holds, OC exposure and riot control techniques. MORE

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