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Fort Lee gates close to test crisis response plan

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FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) -

Recent gun scares at military installations across the country prompt Fort Lee to test its security. On Monday two gates were closed to test its emergency crisis plan at the base.

Active shooter incidents at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Fort Hood Texas, and Washington Navy Yard-- Guard Security at Fort Lee is making sure they are prepared should the worse happen.

"We are here to protect the family members those solider's men and women who protect the country here so it is important that we do these exercises to help them out," Chief James Wilson, Fort Lee Guard

Chief James Wilson says all 6 gates at Fort Lee will be closed for about 15 minutes at a time. Lindsay Wellwood is a wife and mother who Lives on post at Fort Lee. She says she is willing to wait those 15 minutes-- especially if it will help insure the safety of her family.

"It makes me feel safe I live on post It makes me feel good they are practicing so they are ready if something were to happen," Lindsay Wellwood said.

The gates are also being inspected to make sure they are in proper working order. If you travel to Fort Lee this week expect traffic to be backed up at times.

"I am willing to wait, huh, because they are doing it for the best interest of our country I assume and anything to protect our country I am for it," Kenneth Pritchett said.

If you happen to be stopped at the gate during one of these test, Fort Lee officials say its best to stay in your vehicle and not make U-turns.

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