Sheppard Air Force Base simulates bioterror attack

Sheppard Air Force Base personnel recently conducted a simulated biological attack exercise.

The emergency drill simulated the explosion of a suspicious package containing a white powdery substance at the base post office. The 82nd Training Wing Plans and Programs Wing Staff Agency, which is responsible for preparing the base for both manmade and natural emergencies, organized the exercise, according to

"We put together and organize plans for the whole base," Plans and Programs Chief Lt. Col. Jeff Sloan said, reports. "When an emergency happens, you can't just go out unprepared; you have to have a plan in place for any contingency."

During the recent simulation, the usually 11 member Plans and Programs office added more than 100 members in order to make its evaluations. Experts from throughout the base were called on to participate in the exercise.

Mst. Sgt. Sean O’Neil, superintendent of the evaluation teams, said that his department’s job is to be everywhere during the drill in order to evaluate performances and to find ways to make contingency plans stronger throughout the base.

"We try to emphasize for them to play this out to the fullest extent, to have a sense of urgency, to act exactly as they would in a real situation," Sloan said, reports. "It's a unique, eye-opening experience."