FBI holds field training exercise to protect pipeline from terrorists

Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The FBI is sponsoring a field training exercise to practice for a potential terrorist strike along the trans-Alaska oil Pipeline and at the Valdez Marine Terminal.

The exercise, known as ''Arctic Strike,'' involves the Anchorage FBI Field Division and the Los Angeles FBI Field Division's Rapid Deployment Team, as well as other federal and state agencies and the military.

The exercise began Wednesday and runs through Friday in Anchorage and Valdez.

The training will include the use of information systems, negotiations and tactical assets. The exercise also includes a Weapons of Mass Destruction scenario.

Also participating in the exercise are the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Air Force, the Alaska Command, the Alaska National Guard, the Alaska State Troopers, the Anchorage and Valdez police departments and other state and local agencies in Anchorage and Valdez, said Phillip Reid, special agent in charge of the FBI.

The exercise will involve Anchorage's Emergency Operations Center and the State Emergency Coordination Center.

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