MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will conduct Exercise Urgent Response from April 1 through 3 to test the base's ability to respond to a crisis situation and review lockdown procedures while simultaneously working with multiple agencies including the Naval Criminal Investigative Services' Carolinas Field Office, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, and several tenant commands, including a large portion of the II Marine Expeditionary Force.
The main scenario will involve an active-shooter at a tenant command promotion ceremony at Hospital Point aboard MCB Camp Lejeune on Thursday, April 3.
The base conducts a similar emergency response drill annually. The exercise will help to identify gaps in current all-hazards response plans, resource shortfalls and demonstrate the importance of mutual aid agreements with the local community.
In addition to the active-shooter training, the weeklong exercise will include special reaction team hostage negotiation scenarios aimed to push first responders, law enforcement and base officials to the limit.
Media representatives who would like to cover this event should contact
Capt. Joshua Smith no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 by calling
(910) 451-7440 or e-mailing Joshua.L.Smith1@usmc.mil.