Maryland Air National Guard 175th Wing

MIDDLE RIVER, MD – The Maryland Air National Guard’s 175th Wing will conduct an active rifle drill at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River on Thursday afternoon, August 26.

The exercise is designed to assess the 175th Wing airmen’s ability to respond to an active rifle situation on the military side of the base at Martin State Airport.
During the exercise, base personnel, residents and visitors can also hear simulated gunshot noises, exercise alarms via the “Giant Voice” system, alarm radio messages and sirens.

Residents may see emergency vehicles “reacting” on the base from Eastern Boulevard. All assigned employees, relatives and visitors are obliged to take appropriate measures.

During the exercise between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., there will be delays for drivers entering and leaving the facility. Visitors should plan ahead for appointments and call ahead to ensure meetings and services are not compromised.

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The police outside the base were informed and asked not to respond to the training event. Instead, security guards, fire brigades, and grassroots medical personnel will respond appropriately to exercise events. Civilians and military personnel on and around the base are reminded not to call 911 during exercise-related training events.

Exercises of this type are critical to assessing appropriate lockdown response and realistically preparing. The base staff continues to focus intensely on improving response plans for the safety of all at base.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to 175th Wing Public Affairs at 410-698-5421.