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Release No: 056-09
July 08, 2009

Pentagon Force Protection Agency to Conduct Biological Release Test

                The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), in cooperation with Arlington County and other federal and local agencies, will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and operational response to a simulated biological release at the Pentagon on July 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The test will provide valuable information for PFPA’s response in the event of a biological release.


                The test consists of the release of a powder simulating a biological attack at the Pentagon South Parking Lot and the subsequent clean-up.  Some 200 volunteers are expected to participate.  Key to this test is the use of helicopters landing and taking off from the Pentagn South Parking Lot, and a decontamination unit at the Navy Annex.  The simulant powder contains a harmless inert bacterium found in soil, water, and air.  A similar test was conducted in 2007.


                Dependant upon favorable weather conditions, there are four possible days for the test: July 11, 12, 18, or 19.


                PFPA will conduct a round table event to brief local media representatives on the specifics of the test on Friday, July 10 at 12 noon in Pentagon Conference Center, Room M1.


                News media may park in the Pentagon North Parking Lot, Lane 47 and walk across the pedestrian bridge for access to the conference center.  News media without a Pentagon building pass will need to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the event and have proof of media affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call (703) 697-5331 or (703) 692-9122 to confirm attendance and for escort to the Conference Center.


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