Military officials at the 122nd Fighter Wing say an event like the mass shooting, reinforces the importance of practicing active shooter drills and preparing for the worst.
Colonel Timothy Donofrio, 122nd Fighter Wing, says Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard, is an event that's hard to predict and even tougher to control. However, the base does prepare for the worst by conducting active shooter drills.
“We work to ensure that personal know what to do when a situation comes up,” said Col. Donofrio.
Aaron Alexis, is the man accused of killing 12 people in the horrific Navy Yard shooting. He was a contractor that did work on the base. He had proper credentials and identification.
“There's a process of vetting that takes place before any type of temporary pass would be given out to those individuals,” said Col. Donofrio.
As you enter the base, Security Forces checks just about every inch of your car and runs a background check on your driver's license.
“Anything that doesn't look right, smell right or sound right we are going to investigate it thoroughly,” said SMSGT Steve Till, Security Forces Superintendent.
“We are the first line of defense. We put a lot of resources in our main gate to make sure only authorized personnel come on the base,” said SMSGT Till.
Along with a layered defense system, several of the buildings are only accessible via finger-print recognition and a personalized code.
“We have an antiterrorism officer here on base who is a military person that monitors those types of situations and that's how we best prepare for threats here locally,” said Col. Donofrio.