October readiness exercise evaluates installation preparedness

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  • By 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials will conduct emergency response exercise scenarios here Oct. 23 to 27 to enhance base preparedness and resilience.

Base personnel can anticipate daily disruptions to their routines and customer service offices throughout the exercise.

“While every effort will be made to minimize the impact on customer service functions, some services may be temporarily affected,” said Maj. Pierre LaPlume, director of Wing Inspections here. “Additionally, there may be traffic delays when entering, exiting or moving within the installation.”

According to base officials, the upcoming exercise will encompass various scenarios, including an active shooter drill and emergency response simulations designed to assess the installation’s ability to respond effectively to crisis situations.

“These exercises allow us to learn from previous experiences, improve communication, and strengthen our actions as an integral team,” said LaPlume.

Organizers said safety is a top priority throughout the exercise.

“In the event of a real-world emergency, the exercise will be halted immediately,” said LaPlume. “Wing Inspection team members, identifiable by their blue vests, will closely monitor all scenarios.”

Personnel should be aware that dialing “9-1-1” from a landline or available cellular devices is necessary in case of a real-world emergency.

As part of the exercise, if calling “9-1-1,” individuals should preface their calls with “EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE.”

For any questions or concerns before the exercise, base personnel are encouraged to contact the Inspector General Office at 66.ABG.IG.Workflow@us.af.mil.