Base to conduct active shooter exercise

All gates slated to close for about 20 minutes

Special to the Altus Times

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE — The 97th Air Mobility Wing will be conducting an internal active shooter exercise Thursday.

All base gates will be closed for about 20 minutes between 8:30-9 a.m.

All base personnel and individuals with business on the installation are encouraged to avoid entry or exit during this time.

Base services will be limited during this period if requiring entry on the installation. Base personnel, residents in vicinity of L Mendel Rivers Elementary School will hear a duress tone for about one minute.

Telephone alerts will only affect exercise participants.

Rivers elementary students will not be in session during this training exercise and all other school staff members will be in attendance to participate during the scenario.

Exercises of this nature are critical for evaluating Department of Defense response actions to a school active shooter incident and to prepare for this in the most realistic manner.

Base personnel have been and will continue to be intently focused on improving response plans for the safety of everyone on the installation.

The exercise will also integrate off-base agencies to better prepare the community, including the Altus Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

For more information contact 2nd Lt. Casey Rodriguez at 580-481-7700 or email

All gates slated to close for about 20 minutes

Special to the Altus Times

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