The day after a soldier killed three people and wounded 16 others at Fort Hood, Camp Lejeune is testing their own base response.
The Marine Corps base conducted an active shooter drill during a staged change of command ceremony at Hospital Point. The drill was part of a three day exercise to evaluate urgent response in a crisis.
Marines say the tragedy at Fort Hood only re-enforces the need for such drills at Lejeune. Thursday's event was scheduled months ago.
"Having this active shooter exercise was entirely coincidental, but it underscores the seriousness that we take this training," said Nat Fahy, Public Affairs Director at Camp Lejeune. "It has put into very stark reality why we need this training, why we need to continually refine and perfect our emergency response procedures."
The exercises are done yearly, and also include hostage negotiation scenarios that are designed to push first responders, law enforcement and base officials to the limit.