Dover Air Force Base is slated to conduct a Force Protection and Mass Accident Response Exercise Sept. 17-19.

Due to the exercise, access to the installation and facilities will be limited during the day. Personnel can expect significant delays at the gates, but access to Base Housing will not be affected.

Dover AFB units have coordinated with local and state emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to ensure proper execution. Throughout the day, multiple emergency response vehicles will be responding on and around the base during the exercise.

“The purpose of this annual exercise is to evaluate the ability of units to respond to emergencies and elevated force protection levels,” said Maj. Brandon Ongna, 436th Airlift Wing chief of exercises. “These types of exercises are key to ensuring Dover AFB is prepared for major accidents and crises. Examples of such events include anything from aircraft mishaps to building fires or active shooter scenarios. We try to balance minimizing unnecessary impact with providing a valuable and worthwhile exercise, but the procedures required by emergency response plans will cause some unavoidable delays in traffic flow and services.”

The 436th Medical Group will still operate under normal duty hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients should anticipate potential delays entering and exiting the installation as well as longer than normal clinic wait times. Call the medical appointment line at 730-4633 for any questions or concerns.

Dover AFB is required by Air Force and Secretary of Defense directives to hold this type of exercise annually.

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