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Anyone driving near Fort Jackson May 18 may experience traffic disruption due to a joint emergency exercise being held at the base. Gates to the base will be closed for hours during the day.

According to officials, the purpose of the drill is to provide a training opportunity and improve preparedness in the event of an actual emergency.

"Gates will be closed during the exercise, and we want the public to know in order to plan their routine trips to Fort Jackson for another day," said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis. "Our Moncrief Army Health Clinic have already rescheduled many appointments for another day."

Military ID holders who usually come on post to shop at the commissary and The Exchange should also choose another day. "We are trying to ensure the public is not frustrated waiting either to get on or off post on this day," said Michaelis. "Patrons should pack their patience and expect delays."

Fort Jackson soldiers, employees, and visitors can expect longer than usual wait times to enter the post, and there could be traffic snarls near the installation's entrance gates. There will also be increased activity of emergency vehicles to and from the post as the installation holds a force protection exercise involving numerous simulated casualties.

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