Could base shooting happen here?

Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Photo/WDTN Staff)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN)– Base workers were greeted Thursday morning by a flag being flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.

Colonel Cassie Barlow says Wright-Patterson has measures to try to prevent something like that from taking place here.

She says base workers train for an active shooter situation and that officials are able to identify those who show signs of post traumatic stress disorder.

But she says the biggest preventative measure might be the base’s Wingman concept which encourages airmen to look out for their friends and co-workers.

We wanted to know if the base will take any other actions in light of this recent shooting.

“Just the same procedures we’ve always had,” Col. Barlow says. “We believe those procedures lead to a safe and secure environment for our workforce.”

Col. Barlow says only security personnel are allowed to carry guns on base.

She says people can buy weapons on base but then have to transport them off base. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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