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Air Force Academy plans training exercise

Published: August 30, 2013, 3:12 pm, by Tom Roeder

USAFAsealIf you’re headed to the Air Force Academy Thursday, expect delays and some make-believe mayhem during a training exercise.

The academy plans to train its security forces and other airmen by challenging them with a fictional “active shooter” drill. The exercise will close the cadet chapel until 1 p.m. Thursday and will cause delays at gates as the academy ramps up its security precautions.

Military bases through the Pikes Peak region run periodic exercises to test on-base security. Simulated mass shootings have become part of many training exercises since Nov. 5, 2009, when 13 people were shot and killed at Fort Hood, Texas. The shooter in that case, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, was sentenced to death at a court martial this week.

Thursday, the violence at the academy may look real, but it’s only make-believe.

” Academy officials want to assure the public that this activity is planned and controlled, and ask that on-base drivers proceed with caution,” the academy said in a news release.