Fort Leavenworth to hold exercise on chemical spill response

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) – Fort Leavenworth is holding a disaster response exercise April 14.

The Army post announced Thursday that it will conduct a full-scale training exercise for soldiers stationed there simulating a response to a train derailment. The drill will evaluate the base’s readiness to respond to a derailment that causes a dangerous chemical spill.

It will also test the Army’s standard operating procedures in response to such an incident.

The fort said in a statement that the exercise will have minimal impact on daily activities at the facility.

About 6,000 military personnel are stationed at Fort Leavenworth. It is the oldest continuously operating regular army base west of the Mississippi River.

It also houses the Army Combined Arms Center, a leadership training academy for both military and civilian students.

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