Security Officers Graduate from Federal Law Enforcement Training
NASA Michoud Assembly Facility security team members

Front row, left to right-Charles Barnett (Coastal), Fernando Gonzalez (Coastal), and Chet Hirstius (Coastal). Back row, left to right-Steve Turner (NASA), Byron Brown (Coastal), and Mike Wilson, Protective Services Office manager at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Wilson conducted the swearing in ceremony and hosted the event. Image credit: Lockheed Martin
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Five members of the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility security team completed a four-week course that covered a myriad of topics, including use of force, defensive tactics, active shooter, vehicle stops and legal issues. Four Coastal International Security officers and one NASA civil service member graduated from the NASA Federal Law Enforcement Training (NFLET) Feb. 12.

"The course is a major accomplishment and means the graduates now have Federal Law Enforcement credentials," said Larry Primeaux, operation manager for Coastal International Security.

Although the trainees are taught the technique of physical force, they are also taught the importance of deescalating potentially serious situations and justifying their choice of action. The trainees were placed into "use of force" scenarios, which were followed up by a written report. They also attended a mock courtroom hearing where they gave testimony to justify their actions.

The graduates had to pass two written exams and a physical exam to be sworn in by NFLET. After completion of the training, security officials must attend a refresher course every two years.

For more information on the Michoud Assembly Facility, go to http://maf.msfc.nasa.gov.