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Intruder breaks into Air Force One base, opens fire

Intruder breaks into Air Force One base, opens fire

WASHINGTON (AP) – Another intruder broke into one of the nation’s most sensitive military bases, home to Air Force One, and this time a resident opened fire on the intruder, Joint Base Andrews said in a statement late Monday. .

During the incident, which occurred at 11:30 a.m. Monday, “an individual gained unauthorized access to the JBA housing area,” Joint Base Andrews said in a statement posted to Twitter. “A resident opened fire, security forces arrived at the scene to apprehend the intruder and law enforcement is investigating the incident.”

Joint Base Andrews is home to a fleet of blue-and-white presidential aircraft, including Air Force One, Marine One, and “doomsday” 747 aircraft, which serve as the nation’s airborne nuclear command and control centers when needed. Can

The Air Force said late Monday that it had nothing to add other than Andrews’ statement about Monday’s intrusion.

This is not the first time that Aadhaar’s security has been breached; A man arrives at the installation in February 2021, passing through a military checkpoint, then through additional fenced security areas to gain access to the flight line and board a C-40, the military’s 737-equivalent aircraft used by government The officers are made to fly.

The intruder was captured because the “mouse ear” hat he was wearing struck an observant airman as odd.

An inspector general’s investigation found three main security failings, starting with “human error” by a gate security guard who allowed the man to drive onto the base even though he had no credentials that would allow him access. authorizes the Hours later, the man walked onto the flight line, slipping through a fence designed to restrict entry.

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Finally, he walked and landed on a parked airplane without challenge, even though he was not wearing the required badge authorizing access to the restricted area.

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