Wright-Patterson officials continue to review security in the wake of the shootings at the U.S. Naval Yard shooting earlier this week. Colonel Cassie Barlow told reporters at a press conference that there is support available, from mental health services, to substance abuse and education programs, and the sexual assault and victim advocates program. Barlow says employees are trained in identifying odd behavior, and she emphasized that working as a team, or what she calls "wingmen", will help combat tragedies like what happened this week.
Following Monday’s shootings at the Naval Yard in Washington D.C., 88th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Cassie Barlow says Wright-Patterson officials are revisiting their security plans for the Air Force marathon this weekend.
“We looked at our security requirements today and we made a few tweaks and changes to address the threat," says Barlow. "But it’s always a good idea to switch up force protections at the gate so we can ultimately be prepared.”
Barlow did not say specifically what new measures are in place, but says runners should be prepared for enhanced security.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday. He was there to talk about ongoing operations at the base, and how Friday’s looming sequestration cuts might affect Wright-Patt.
Portman said the President’s proposed $85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts over the next 7 months would be detrimental to national defense and what he called ‘the federal government’s vital operations.
Officials at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton say that under guidance from the Department of Defense, they have begun planning for a potential reduction of 15% of their operating budget as a result of sequestration. In a press conference Thursday, Col. Cassie Barlow told reporters that a furlough of civilian employees isn't out of the question, but it would be a last resort.