(UnitedVoice.com) – Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is the home base for the two Boeing aircraft known as Air Force One when the president is on board. Like other military bases, it is a highly secured area. Recently, however, it became the location of a crime.
On Monday, February 6, around 11:30 a.m., the Twitter account for Joint Base Andrews posted a message revealing an intruder gained access to the housing area. During the incident, a resident of the base discharged their firearm.
At around 11:30 a.m. today, Feb. 6, a man gained unauthorized access to a JBA housing area. A resident discharged a firearm, security forces arrived on scene to apprehend the intruder, & law enforcement is investigating the incident. No injuries nor property damage reported.
— Joint Base Andrews (@Andrews_JBA) February 7, 2023
According to the Associated Press, the resident who fired their weapon was the spouse of the Air Force’s top enlisted leader, Chief Master Sergeant JoAnne Bass. The intruder was reportedly at the military leader’s home when Rahn Bass fired a warning shot.
The chief master sergeant released a statement saying she and her husband “appreciate[d] the outpouring of support” they’d received. She said that her husband was safe and thanked the “quick response and professionalism of [the] Security Forces Airmen.”
The recent incident is the second time in as many years that someone has managed to get onto the base. In February 2021, a man was able to get past a security checkpoint. Afterward, he got through additional secure areas and managed to climb into a C-40 jet. The breach resulted in an investigation into the matter.
That intruder was captured after an airman noticed someone wearing a “mouse ears” cap. An inspector general investigation later found the breach was the result of “human failure,” The Hill reported.
In addition to the presidential planes, Andrews AFB is home to the so-called “Doomsday Planes.” Those are Boeing E-4B planes, a militarized version of the Boeing 747-200, designed to act like mobile command centers in case of a nuclear attack. The Air Force is currently developing replacements for the aging doomsday fleet.
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