The United States Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton ran a joint training exercise yesterday (March 28) involving civilian and security personnel.
This picture was posted on their Facebook page today with the following note:
Sgt. Kevin Meccariello with the 24th Civil Support Team performs environmental testing for potential contamination during a joint training exercise with Joint Task Force Empire Shield who provided the security element for the exercise March 28 in Building 210. The scenario simulated a fisherman who accidentally pulled a potentially contaminated and undetonated mortar round from World War I that had been submerged for many years. The scenario also included an active shooter.
That’s an interesting scenario, given the World War II-era explosives that were found under the Verrazano Bridge in 2010 in just 20 feet of water. I wonder how high a probability the garrison puts on such a scenario ever playing out – hopefully, it is one of those things they don’t think will ever happen, but recognize it is possible, and they’re training on it for the sake of maximum preparedness.