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Hill AFB taking security seriously
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Associate Editor

HILL AFB — Monday’s mass killing of 13 people in the Washington, D.C. Naval Yard isn’t changing security plans at Hill AFB.

Credentials of all of those entering the base are checked at the gates for by security forces, but there has not been any increase in security since the shooting, base security officials said.

Nevertheless, local military leaders say people should know how to protect themselves.

If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, get away from it “as quick and fast as possible,” said Maj. Robert Moore, 75th Security Forces Commander, referring to the public at large.

Col. Thad Hill, 75th Mission Support Group Commander, suggests hiding.

 “If you’re not able to free yourself from such a situation, barricade yourself where you will be out of view, concealed from whatever threat is there at the time, from the active shooter,” he said. He also recommended turning off your cell phone.

 “You definitely don’t want to be standing at a window,” he said. “Lie down, secure yourself in the best way possible.”

Officials also recommend being aware of your surroundings and knowing people around you.

“A normal next door neighbor could become an active shooter if they lose their job,” Hill said.

Alerting authorities is also important.

“We are trying to develop a culture where people have the courage to report it, no matter how big or small,” Moore said.

“Hill officials take the threat of aggression against the installation and the workforce seriously,” Jozens said. “We continually assess the level of force protection needed to provide for the security and welfare of the Hill workforce.”

The Congressional Research Service has identified 78 public mass shootings that have occurred in the United States since 1983. About a third happened at the shooter’s workplace.

Still, fewer than one in 10 firearms deaths were part of such an event. Meanwhile, scientists continue to study the problem in an effort to stop future attacks.

“To understand and prevent rampage violence, we need to acknowledge that current discipline-based violence research is not well suited to this specific challenge,” wrote John M. Harris in June 2012 in the “American Journal of Public Health.” “There are numerous important, unanswered research questions that can inform policies designed to prevent rampage violence.”

 tbusselberg@davisclipper.com

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