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I was approached by Wackenhut Security Corporation to provide special effects pyrotechnic devices for training security personnel. Wackenhut had a contract with the U S Government to provide the caliber of training that the secret service received. I was to put together safe but scary realistic explosive devices for close proximity encounters. The devices I developed where; a prosthetic pregnancy unit with built in hidden explosive vest for a female suicide bomber (instructor, portrayer) and three roadside IED’s.
The trainee’s were all foreign nationals elite body guards from mid east and Arab nations. After a week of class room instructions and drills the Wackenhut instructors would spend a week with them in then field conducting exercises and drills. All of these drills took place in and around down town Albuquerque except for the drills involving IED’s, these took place out side Albuquerque on a public car race track. After a refresher on what was going to happen the trainee’s would be loaded into three black government looking SUV’s with the instructor playing the VIP they are to protect in the first SUV. They are instructed to drive safely around the track, along side the track on both sides are plies of tires, abandoned junk cars and general debris , As the cars make their first pass they are ambushed by masked gunman and must return fire (paint ball guns), three quarters of the way around the course I set off a road side IED disabling the first SUV. The guards need to transfer the VIP safely to the second SUV. Upon completing the course they are critiqued and discuss the exercise. Then they run it again and the ambushers have all relocated to new sites and as soon as I set off the IED to disable the lead car I wait till the guards have the VIP out of the first car but not into the second yet, I set off another IED.
De-briefing over they run the exercise for the final time, ambushes different place and this time one IED to disable the lead vehicle, one for the VIP transfer followed immediately by a third IED.
One of the outings is to a memorial in a public park, As the VIP is being escorted from his vehicle to the memorial he is approached by a pregnant person, one of the people in the park, her job is to get as close to the VIP as possible without being outed by the VIP’s security staff .As soon as she is “discovered” or gets as close as she can she detonates the pregnant prosthetic.
I had an ATF* “responsible person” helping me every time we did the car bombing as IED’s had to be loaded in to firing device each time before rach run. Gregg Stephens was my lead person and when he was not available I used Ron Meir or Geoffery Martin. All ATF approved.
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