• City Begins Beautification Project at Entrance to Sheppard AFB

    City Begins Beautification Project at Entrance to Sheppard AFB0

    The first phase of a $3.5 million project in Wichita Falls, Texas, to improve the aesthetics of the area outside of Sheppard Air Force Base’s main gate and installation security is nearing completion. The first phase includes demolition of an old hotel and apartments very close to the base’s perimeter that will mitigate a longstanding force protection concern, reported 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs. Other components of the project’s initial phase include property acquisition and asbestos abatement. Work on this phase is expected to be completed next month …

  • Defense Bill Paves Way for Service Members to Carry Firearms on Installations0

    The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill would give commanders of domestic military facilities discretion to allow service members to carry firearms, a response to lawmakers’ concerns about shootings in recent years at installations and smaller facilities. The bill would require the defense secretary to establish a process for commanders of military installations, reserve and recruiting centers, and other defense facilities inside the United States to authorize service members to carry firearms if they conclude it is necessary for force protection. The secretary would be required to consider the views of senior leadership at military installations in establishing new procedures …

  • Services to Consider Additional Force Protection Measures in Wake of Tennessee Shootings0

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved “immediate force protection steps” following last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four Marines and one Navy sailor. Carter also has directed the services to look at additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of service members and civilians at military installations, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. “I’ve asked the services to quickly, but in a comprehensive way, assess additional things that they might recommend,” Carter told reporters Sunday while flying to Israel. “I really want to give them the chance to look at — do an assessment and come back to me with facts and recommendations. And I’ll make further decisions down the road on the basis of those service recommendations,” Carter said …

  • Visitors, Community Members Adjust to New Security at Wright-Patterson0

    Since DOD raised the force protection level at U.S. installations on Friday, visitors to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have been forced to comply with more stringent security procedures, while local businesses remain anxious about a potential decline in customer traffic. Workers at the base, located outside of Dayton, Ohio, have largely been unaffected by Northern Command’s decision to raise the force protection level at DOD facilities from Alpha to Bravo, reported Dayton Daily News. The new protocols — which require visitors to obtain a base-issued pass — have prompted a handful of changes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The museum cancelled bus tours from the main complex to hangars on base that house historic presidential and unique research aircraft …

  • Northern Command Raises Security Level at U.S. Installations0

    U.S. Northern Command has elevated the force protection level for all DOD facilities in the continental United States, due to a general environment of heightened threats rather than to a specific threat, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. Northcom raised the force protection level at DOD facilities from Alpha to Bravo, indicating an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity, said Army Col. Steve Warren. For installations, the elevated force protection level means more comprehensive checking of those entering facilities, heightened awareness of personnel at the facilities, and in some circumstances, more security personnel on duty at the facilities …

  • Defense Panels Request Update on Security Reviews0

    The Defense Department will need to update the congressional defense committees on the actions it has taken following recent reviews of physical security standards at DOD facilities, under the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. The reviews of security standards were conducted in response to the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in September 2013 and at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009. The report is due April 30 and should include: a summary of the recommendations that came out of the recent security standards reviews; a description of the actions taken to address each recommendation …