Security baggage checker Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Kelly Patrick checks the contents of bags leaving the ship on the enlisted brow aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall/Released)

Story by MC3 Kathleen O’Keefe

Stennis security personnel continue to practice random anti-terrorism measures (RAM) and are conducting drills to ensure safety and security aboard the ship.

“RAMs are a very important part of our work,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Reggie James, a field training officer for security department. “The work we do is instrumental in deterring terrorist activities as well as detecting and confiscating contraband that would potentially cause harm to Sailors.”

RAMs vary from bag searches to extra watch personnel wanding Sailors transiting the brow, to changing watch procedures. The point is to make defense measures unpredictable and therefore harder to exploit.

“We perform a lot of drills so that people are trained to handle any situation,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Marsha Werner. “Drill packages contain different scenarios. We perform and grade the response to these scenarios and discuss the mistakes made later. Then we repeat the drill to make sure everything is done correctly.”

Each drill targets a particular security measure. Intruder drills are done constantly to ensure personnel know what to look for when checking ID cards and badges. Reaction time drills test Security’s ability to respond to incidents quickly.

“If a situation arose, I think we could handle it very well,” said Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class August Dudley, who has been in Security for three years. “We get a lot of good training and I’m confident that we can handle whatever comes our way.”