An unarmed man gained entry to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday and boarded a aircraft usually utilized by senior authorities and navy leaders, prompting the authorities to order a assessment of safety at Air Force bases worldwide, officers mentioned.
The intrusion occurred on Thursday when the civilian, whose identify was not launched, gained unauthorized entry to the flight line — an space at the bottom that features the runways and ramps — and boarded a C-40 aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing.
The plane, which is predicated on the business Boeing 737-700 business jet, was designed to be an “office in the sky” for senior navy and authorities leaders, with an array of communications know-how. Joint Base Andrews is often known as the house of Air Force One, the president’s aircraft.
Security forces at Joint Base Andrews responded, detained and interviewed the person with the assistance of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the bottom mentioned in a assertion.
The man was booked by the Office of Special Investigations and given a federal summons for trespassing. He was then turned over to native regulation enforcement officers as a result of he had two excellent warrants. Joint Base Andrews didn’t clarify why the warrants had been issued.
The man didn’t hurt anybody and there was “no indication that the individual has any links to extremist groups,” Joint Base Andrews mentioned.
“The security of our installation is paramount,” Col. Roy Oberhaus, the vice wing commander of the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, mentioned in a assertion. “This was a serious breach of security, and Joint Base Andrews is investigating the incident to determine how this happened so it doesn’t happen again.”
On Thursday, Joint Base Andrews said on Facebook that it was suspending its Trusted Traveler program. The program had allowed “valid cardholders with escort authority” at the bottom “to vouch for a maximum of 10 individuals in their immediate vehicle without a visitor request form,” in accordance with a 2015 statement by the eleventh Wing at Joint Base Andrews.
The secretary and chief of employees of the Air Force directed the Department of the Air Force Inspector General to analyze the breach, in accordance with a assertion issued by the Air Force on Friday. The assertion mentioned the Department of the Air Force would additionally start a complete assessment of set up safety and traits.
“Everybody is taking this seriously,” John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, mentioned on Friday, including that the safety assessment by the Air Force inspector normal would come with installations worldwide.
“They’re not just going to limit it to Andrews,” Mr. Kirby mentioned. “Clearly, they’re going to investigate this incident. But they’re also going to take a look at security protocols across the force.”
The Air Force mentioned that after its assessment was full, it might make public the outcomes of its investigation. It mentioned in a assertion that whereas it was nonetheless gathering info and details, “we can assure you, installation security is of critical importance to the Department of the Air Force.”