If you're headed to the Air Force Academy on Thursday, expect delays and some make-believe mayhem during a training exercise.
The academy plans to train its security forces and other airmen by challenging them with a fictional "active shooter" drill. The exercise will close the cadet chapel until 1 p.m. Thursday and will cause delays at gates as the academy ramps up its security precautions.
Military bases throughout the Pikes Peak region run periodic exercises to test on-base security. Simulated mass shootings have become part of many training exercises since Nov. 5, 2009, when 13 people were shot and killed at Fort Hood, Texas. The shooter in that case, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, was sentenced to death at a court-martial last week.
Thursday, the violence at the academy may look real, but it's only make-believe.
"Academy officials want to assure the public that this activity is planned and controlled, and ask that on-base drivers proceed with caution," the academy said in a news release.
A few highlights for this week:
- The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department is expected to release its monthly construction report Tuesday, which will provide a snapshot of the pace of local homebuilding. Look for a story on gazette.com and in Wednesday's print edition of The Gazette.
- A panel discussion on City for Champions, a proposal to build a downtown multiuse baseball stadium and three other tourism-related projects, will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 Sahwatch St. in southwest downtown. The event is sponsored by Leadership Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs Leadership Institute; the cost is $5 per person at the door. Panelists will include Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Chris Jenkins, president of Nor'wood Development Group. More information: 632-2618.
Time to register
The Great Futures Coalition will host its third statewide Education Organizing Conference where public education supporters will brainstorm and learn to create a local grass-roots networks.
The "Grassroots to the Rescue" event is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Warwick Denver Hotel, 1776 Grant St. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia will be one of the speakers.
The event is $40 per person. There are also special group rates. For information and registration, visit great futurescolorado.org.