Police, Military Performing Training Exercises

by Katie Pyzyk September 25, 2012 at 9:35 am 2,727 21 Comments

(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) A couple of training exercises will be taking place in Arlington today and tomorrow.

An Arlington County Police Department training exercise has been ongoing since 6:00 a.m. in the 3900 block of N. 26th Street. Explosive Ordnance Disposal units will join the SWAT team for the joint training exercise. It will continue until about 3:00 p.m. today and isn’t expected to cause much disruption to residents.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), neighbors around Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (JBM-HH) might hear some noise during a “force protection” exercise from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will be real and simulated training responses for personnel there, including lockdowns and gate closures. There may also be sirens, blank cannon fire and simulated emergency announcements on the outdoor speaker system.

A number of first responder units, including police and firefighters, will be on base for the training. Residents should not be alarmed at seeing this large emergency presence, or any of the personnel who may be wearing makeup to simulate wounds.

More information will be provided as necessary on the JBM-HH Facebook page and Twitter site.

  • jackson

    I hope the ACPD notified the FBI in advance or that could be embarrassing…

  • Chris B

    Typo: to cause much disruption to residentS.

  • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

    I am not sure why they ACPD chose Donaldson Run for training, what with all that rain and all.

    • WeiQiang

      Since there is quite a bit of coastline in an around Arlington, it simply makes tactical sense to prepare for seaborne assaults that might take place in neighborhoods like DR.

    • nom de guerre

      The ACPD wanted to get to use one of their expensive toys, the Ghurka MPV, which has some amphibious capability.


      • WeiQiang

        I just like the name ‘Ghurka’.

  • Marlington

    Blank cannon fire? What type of contingency are they training for? Yikes.

    • WeiQiang

      Cannon fire may be the excuse that prepares people to hear explosions that actually represent other scenarios in the training.

      In Arlington Ridge, we’re surreptitiously building a trebuchet [with county bond money] in Prospect Hill Park to guard the approaches up 395.

      • DCBuff

        Keep those HOT lanes out!

  • 1RLI

    It’s Joint Base Myer – HENDERSON Hall, not Henry Hall. Goes to credibility of the “reporter” and the site.

    • 1RLI

      Thanks for correcting the error.

  • Becoming indifferent

    BTW, it’s ordnance, not ordinance. The way it’s written, it’s explosive rule or regulation disposal. Ordnance is simply anything in the military that bows ups or shoots things that blow up.

    • SHLady

      They threw away the rule book for this exercise.

  • CW

    Did anyone else hear the “Sound of Freedom” this morning? At the usual 7:45 AM time, I heard the cannon fire from ANC/Ft. Myer/Henderson.

    • 1RLI

      Morning Colors?

  • SHLady

    I thought I heard more helicopters than usual this morning. Are they with the exercise? The two that I saw looked like police helicopters, not the Marines.

  • novasteve

    Are they practicing for in case Romney wins?

    • Josh S

      THat’s actually funny, steve. Well done. You only have about 392,608 more jokes to tell to make up for all your “libs” rants….

  • zimmy

    I saw two fighter jets over North Arlington a little after 11:00 this morning. Kind of freaked me out since they were headed towards a commercial jet off in the distance. They ended up turning sharply and I didn’t see them again.

    • 1RLI

      A four-ship was scheduled for a fly-over at ANC a little after 11:00.

  • Just to be clear: Arlington County government is not participating in this force protection exercise at Ft. Myer. ACPD, ACFD and our Office of Emergency Management are not included in the exercise. — Mary Curtius, Media Relations Manager, Arlington County Govt.


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