WPAFB commander: ‘There’s a reason we practice active shooter exercises’

Col. Patrick MIller, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, answers questions during a Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, news conference after a lockdown at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base was put on lockdown due to a report of a possible active shooter but was later given the all clear after no threat was found. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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Col. Patrick MIller, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander, answers questions during a Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, news conference after a lockdown at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base was put on lockdown due to a report of a possible active shooter but was later given the all clear after no threat was found. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Credit: AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Credit: AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

The response at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base following the report Thursday night of a possible active shooter went without a hitch, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander Col. Patrick Miller said during a video update posted Friday afternoon on social media.

“There’s a reason we practice active shooter exercises, and it’s for occasions like this because your protection is our No. 1 concern,” he said.

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Two people reported hearing what they thought was a gunshot shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday inside the 850,000-square-foot National Air and Space Intelligence Center in the base’s Area A.

“The base immediately went into lockdown,” Miller said, with alerts going out on the loudspeaker as well as text messages or emails sent to base personnel.

Security forces immediately responded and began sweeping the NASIC complex to see if there was a potential shooter, he said.

At the time, there were about 100 workers inside NASIC, which is a 24-hour operation.

“The folks inside the building did exactly what they were supposed to do. They barricaded themselves in, turned the lights off, closed the windows, did all the things that we train,” Miller said.

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The colonel praised all involved, from the pair who reported the incident to the security forces and law enforcement and other partners in the community.

“Fortunately after both the primary and the secondary sweep nothing was found,” he said.

The lockdown was in place for about four hours before the all-clear was announced around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

An investigation is underway, Miller said, to determine what the individuals heard that they thought was a gunshot.

Investigators also will look at any lessons that can be learned from the incident to apply to future training and procedures.