Anti-terrorism training at Fort Gordon helps soldiers prepare for worst-case scenarios

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fort Gordon's main gate.
Fort Gordon's main gate. (May 2, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If you live out at Fort Gordon, you can expect a lot of delays at the gates this week. They're having anti-terrorism drills all week long.

There were blue lights and police running into a building out at Fort Gordon Wednesday. But, fortunately, it was all just practice. Wednesday's training scenario dealt with an active shooter holding hostages in a building on post.

Vincent Krejcir is retired Navy and works on Fort Gordon. He says the drills are important because, "You never know when something can occur as we see all the time in the news."

Officials locked down the entire building and the entire fort for Wednesday's drill, which delayed some people's plans, but many on post say it's worth the inconvenience.

Cynthia Kraemer, who lives on post, says, "I would rather be inconvenienced than dead."

Kraemer, like many of us, has watched several attacks unfold on the news lately. From the movie theater shooting in Aurora to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut, she says it's better to be over-prepared, than under-prepared.

"I would hate to see something that happened at Fort Hood or Boston or any of those other attacks that happened happen here," she said.

Training like this isn't just for military, though. Richmond County deputies and local school police forces train for similar scenarios, all in an effort for everyone to be on the same page in a worst-case scenario.

"We have agreements with all of all of the local law enforcement agencies. If we were called on, we will be able to help them give them the assistance that they need," said Col. Robert Barker, garrison commander at Fort Gordon Gordon.

While the training may kick some folks out of a few buildings for a little while, most people agree it's all worth it.

"If they're going to do this to keep us all safe, I'm all for it," Kraemer said.

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