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Fort Benning conducting daylong force protection training exercises

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Officials say there is no real cause for alarm on post today, March 18, as force protection training exercises take place all day.

As part of the exercise, there may be smoke and blank ammunitions fired in areas not recognized as firing ranges. There will also be an increased presence of emergency response vehicles and sirens.

Anyone on or near the installation may see or hear of facilities being cordoned off by law enforcement personnel and encounter traffic detours and delays around post.  Fort Benning officials say this is all part of the training.

The exercises involve several different mock situations, including an active shooter/hostage situation, a disgruntled parent in a school, and a car fire with injuries. At one point, all Fort Benning gates were shutdown at the same time.

All of this has been done to ensure that if multiple situations were to erupt on post, first responders could contain and manage the situations at hand.

LTC Jason Czar says the exercise has been very effective. "There's a number of scenarios ongoing today," He says. "It's to test our force protection strengths and weaknesses. The exercise is going well. We've been able to identify the shortcomings within the organization, and that gives us something to work on throughout the year."

Public Affairs officials are also being tested on their ability to collect and update the public, and the media.

Officials encourage motorists to allow extra time traveling to their destinations on post today.

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