Senior Airman Cutler Moss, 7th Security Forces Squadron leader, checks IDs while operating at Arnold Gate, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tory Patterson)
U.S. military bases are tightening their security after Iran vowed retaliation in response to the U.S. killing of top Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
In a statement sent to Task & Purpose, U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for all bases in the continental U.S. and Alaska, stated that it is "implementing additional force protection condition measures to increase security and awareness for all installations in the U.S. NORTHCOM area of responsibility."
The Navy and Marine Corps are conducting a broad review of security measures in the face of insider threats, following three violent incidents at Navy bases since Thanksgiving, including the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard fatal shootings on Dec. 4.
One year after an active shooter scare plunged Wright-Patterson Air Force Base into hours of chaos, the military installation's leader is hoping more technology and better communication will prevent such a situation from repeating itself.
As the one year anniversary of the false alarm approaches Friday, Wright-Patt will again be conducting emergency exercises. The weeklong training started Monday.
After the active shooter incident last August, a review board's recommendations have been implemented in the hopes of avoiding a similar scare, said Col. Tom Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander.
"We need to use what happened not as something that defines us, but something that makes us better," Sherman said. "I think that we're going into this better than we were at this time last year."
To close out an unusually busy year of attempted security breaches at military installations in the continental United States, Nellis Air Force experienced what a leaked operational report characterized as an alleged abduction and sexual assault involving a civilian vehicle that reportedly breezed through the base's main gate earlier this week.