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Fort Stewart shores up security
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In the wake of a gunman who took three soldiers hostage at Winn Army Community Hospital this past Monday, Fort Stewart has shored up its security.
“We have increased our random inspections at our gates,” said Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson. “We have increased law enforcement presence around the hospital to include random visits by patrols into our hospital emergency room.”
Larson said the installation has always had “an active patrol distribution in our main cantonment area” as evidenced by the fact the garrison’s first police patrol arrived on scene within 90 seconds of the first 911 call.  
The gunman, Robert Anthony Quinones, 29, has been charged with kidnapping and assault and will undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation, according to an Associated Press report.
“The safety of all of our soldiers, family members, and Army civilians is a top priority for us,” Larson said. “We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our law enforcement officers are properly trained to respond to incidents like we had Monday. We had implemented Active Shooter training long before the Fort Hood incident; in the past year we have conducted several installation-wide exercises using various scenarios, and we recently conducted an Active Shooter Exercise with exceptional results.
“All of this training gives the leadership and residents of Fort Stewart/HAAF great confidence in the capabilities of our law enforcement officers,” he said.
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