During a recent MMA Admissions open house, several prospective families inquired about safety and security on campus. The following is provided to help educate families on how MMA trains faculty and staff to provide a safe and secure environment for cadets.
Every day, our faculty and staff are focused on providing the best possible environment to support our cadets’ education and growth. Our focus on maintaining an environment conducive to learning means that we put in place measures to keep each cadet safe and secure.
Our first priority is to minimize any risks to cadets. As part of that effort, MMA hosted ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training on campus on November 6 and 7, 2019, and welcomed more than 30 school districts, law enforcement agencies and other organizations from across the state to the Academy for the training. Empowering schools and other organizations to ensure safety in the event of an incident, ALICE Training is the National Standard of Care and the leading training solution for active shooter response.
The ALICE Training Institute’s mission is to help schools, businesses, healthcare organizations and houses of worship better prepare their most valuable assets — their people — to prevent, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a violent critical incident.
Through the participation of other schools, organizations and law enforcement agencies, MMA encourages shared resources and collaboration to promote safety and well-being.
“It was extremely impactful to go through scenarios with public defenders and other educators. I learned the importance of being prepared,” said Rachel Wallace, MMA science instructor who participated in the ALICE training. “I am grateful that MMA gave me the opportunity to experience ALICE training. I believe that anyone at MMA wants the best for our cadets and their safety. The first step to protecting our cadets is being prepared and having a plan.”
In addition to Wallace, two MMA residential faculty officers participated in the November ALICE training. Last year, MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). also participated.
“By staying educated and prepared in all areas concerning cadet safety, our faculty and staff minimize risks to uphold the safe environment for which MMA is known,” said President Geraci. “We’re fortunate to be located in a safe, small town in the Midwest, but we are always vigilant about safety concerning our cadets.”
MMA hosts ALICE Training annually to allow additional members of the MMA faculty and commandant staff, plus personnel from the surrounding community, to train and benefit from MMA’s constant vigilance on maintaining a safe and secure campus.