July exercise to test readiness of base personnel, teams

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  • By Mark Wyatt
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Base officials will conduct exercise scenarios, including an active shooter scenario and other emergency response events, during the week of July 22-25.

During this period, personnel should follow any directions sent from installation leadership.

According to the Hanscom AFB Inspector General’s office, all base personnel may need to respond to these events.

“These exercises represent the installation’s ability to respond and sustain critical functions during emergency scenarios,” said Master Sgt. Kenny Souheaver, IG superintendent. “This allows us to take lessons learned from previous exercises and ensure that we have identified and mitigated shortfalls of key installation functions to improve our communication and actions.”

He added that the goal is for the IG to evaluate readiness on multiple fronts.

Officials will try to limit impact to customer service functions and traffic delays entering or exiting the installation.

Base officials emphasize safety, and if any real-world emergency occurs, they will stop the exercise immediately.

Wing Inspection Team members will monitor all scenarios and will be identifiable by blue vests.

“If a member of Team Hanscom sees something they believe to be unsafe, they should report it to a WIT member immediately,” Souheaver said, adding that all WIT members can stop an event when safety is compromised.

If required as part of a scenario, personnel should dial 911 from a landline, or cellular device if available, and preface the call with “EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE.”

For questions or concerns before the exercise, base personnel should contact the 66th Air Base Group Inspector General’s office at 66.ABG.IG.Workflow@us.af.mil.