ORE exercise preperation Published Aug. 12, 2012 By Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Andersen will hold an Operational Readiness Exercise from Aug. 17 to 24. Servicemembers and dependents can expect increased force protection levels and unscheduled front gate closures. "The purpose of the exercise is to evaluate the 36th Wing's ability during contingency operations," said Master Sgt. William Nagel, 36th Wing Inspector General noncommissioned officer in charge of wing exercises . "We hope to educate spouses and dependents on the exercise before it occurs so they have a full understanding of why we do these exercises." There will be simulated attacks on various locations throughout the base indicated by small explosions. "We don't want spouses or dependents to be concerned if they see servicemembers in their chemical warfare gear during the exercise," said Sergeant Nagel. "We want to avoid confusion by educating them." There will also be limited access to medical appointments and the Military Personnel Flight. "Most services should be available," said Sergeant Nagel. "The Base Exchange, commissary and gymnasium will be accessible." Servicemembers may experience traffic blockades and certain traffic patterns to be re-routed. Members of Team Andersen can stay up to date on current force protection levels and important information by watching the Commander's Access Channel located on channel 70, searching the 36th Wing Andersen Facebook page or Andersen Exercise page and listening to the Giant Voice directed by Andersen's command post.