Dover Air Force Base will conduct an active shooter exercise in conjunction with local and state law enforcement agencies Feb. 26 at the base.

During the exercise, installation security procedures will be implemented including gate closures. Members should plan for delays when travelling onto or off of the installation.

Law enforcement professionals will respond to simulated threats with real-world procedures. There is a potential for sirens to be activated and heard off base. During the exercise, communication with base personnel may be limited.

The Delaware Department of Transportation will set up signs on Delaware Route 1 alerting traffic to possible delays resulting from the exercise.

Dover AFB is required by Air Force and Secretary of Defense directives to hold two active shooter exercises each year.

“While we hope Team Dover never suffers from a tragedy like this, we train so we’re ready to respond [to an active shooter on base] at a moment’s notice. Our partnership with our local and state counterparts greatly improves our training experience allowing both to integrate seamlessly in a real-world event,” said Lt. Col. Michael Morales, 436th Security Forces Squadron commander.

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