Antiterrorism, force protection full-scale exercise to take place

Fort Huachuca is not immune from the possibility of natural disasters such as wildfires, explosions, terrorist attacks or hostage situations and will hold a force protection full-scale exercise (FSE) Aug. 19 on post to hone its response skills in the event an incident occurs.

The FSE will enable leaders to evaluate skills necessary to effectively respond to increased threats or emergencies and execute sustained operations at heightened levels to validate Fort Huachuca’s resiliency to respond to events with or without warning during duty or off-duty hours.

According to Stephen McCann, installation emergency manager, other than the date, no details will be released prior to the exercise.

“This will be an event-driven exercise without warning and no notice. Realism will be employed to the greatest extent, and there is strict control and extremely limited trusted agents who know what is going to happen,” McCann said.

The purpose of FSEs is to identify strengths and weaknesses in providing a safe and secure environment for the Fort Huachuca community and the civilian workforce, he said, explaining that an additional FSE benefit is to validate already published plans and assessments.

“These plans include the Installation Emergency Management Plan, Anti-terrorism Plan and the Fort Huachuca Installation Continuity of Operation Plan,” McCann said. “Also, our annual exercise affords us the opportunity to continue to foster our relationship with our local community partners, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to include employing mutual aid and assistance and providing interoperability.”

All personnel and visitors should be aware of possible increased security measures and delays at access control points to include Fort Huachuca gates on Aug. 19. There may be traffic delays. Everyone should plan accordingly and give full cooperation.

Updated force protection exercise information will be posted on Channel 97 (the Commander’s Access Channel), through Fort Huachuca social media and the Critical Information Hotline, 520.538.4636.

Ms. Joan B Vasey (Huachuca)