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FIRST LOOK: Fort Gordon's anti-terrorism exercise

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This week Fort Gordon is conducting its annual anti-terrorism exercises and for the first time, they allowed FOX54 be a part of the experience.

The chilling words of ‘lockdown' echoed loudly outside of Darling Hall, catching everyone's attention. The safety status quickly changed at Fort Gordon to what is called lockdown Charlie which is the third highest threat level.

"The individual went into the Defense Finance Accounting Service office and based on his demands trying to get his cousin's relief from jail; he's using the installation and those folks inside there as his hostages," said Col. Robert Barker, Garrison Commander.

Wednesday, the Military Service Center was evacuated while Military Police responded to an active shooter on the third floor; part of an annual exercise that brings the fort to a near standstill but many say it's worth it.

"I think this is a good thing because we need to practice so we can be ready for any scenario that may happen," said Pamela Rechall, Fort Gordon employee.  

These exercises also help the community assess response plans. 

"They ensure that our response forces, our first responders and each individual on post understands what they need to do if a terrorist threat or some kind of threat were to take place on the installation," said Col. Barker.  

Even road blocks were created during the two hour drill, forcing some drivers to get out of their cars to be searched. Perhaps a minor inconvenience for those who work on and off base but one they understand is worth the trouble.

The drills began Monday and last through Thursday.

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