U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) has referred to as for elevated random safety checks in any respect websites throughout Northern Command following the lethal shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida.
The Navy on Saturday recognized the three victims of the NAS Pensacola taking pictures as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Espresso, Ala.; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Ga.
“The Sailors that misplaced their lives within the line of obligation confirmed distinctive heroism and bravado within the face of evil,” mentioned the Navy chief of knowledge in an announcement. “When confronted, they did not run from hazard; they ran in direction of it and saved lives. If not for his or her actions, and the actions of the Naval Safety Pressure that have been the primary responders on the scene, this incident might have been far worse.”
“The Sailors that misplaced their lives within the line of obligation confirmed distinctive heroism and bravado within the face of evil. When confronted, they did not run from hazard; they ran in direction of it and saved lives.”
In the meantime, the FBI on Friday night time launched its official picture of the Saudi gunman at NAS Pensacola, who has been identifed as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant within the Royal Saudi Air Pressure who was a pupil naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Faculties Command.
Northcom mentioned an advisory was despatched out Friday night time calling for the rise in safety checks.
“Given the latest assaults at two navy installations, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command has directed all DoD [Defense Department] installations, services and items inside the U.S. Northern Command space of accountability to instantly assess power safety measures and implement elevated random safety measures acceptable for his or her services,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield informed Fox Information.
“The advisory additionally informed leaders to remind their workforce to stay alert and in the event that they see one thing, to say one thing by instantly reporting to acceptable authorities any suspicious exercise they might observe,” Hatfield mentioned.
Northcom is likely one of the navy’s 11 combatant instructions and supplies navy help for the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.
On Friday morning, a gunman recognized as Alshamrani opened hearth at NAS Pensacola, killing three.One of many victims, Watson, had been beforehand recognized by his household.
The FBI requested anybody with data relating to Alshamrani and his actions to name 1-800-CALL-FBI.
FBI Jacksonville is just not conscious of any credible menace towards the Pensacola group presently, its public affairs workplace mentioned.
Six Saudi nationals have been additionally detained for questioning relating to the incident.
The Saudi shooter wielded a handgun — although firearms should not permitted on the base — earlier than he was taken out by a pair of officers.
Safety was tightened on the base 4 or 5 years in the past: the entrance gate is closed to civilians, and it might take them about 45 minutes to get by means of safety. Not each automotive is at all times checked, however with elevated random safety checks extra of them could be.
NAS Pensacola is house to the Naval Schooling and Coaching Safety Help Area Exercise’s Worldwide Coaching Heart, which the Navy says was “established in 1988 to meet the aviation-specific training needs of international officers and enlisted students from allied nations.”
The vast majority of the tons of of international aviation college students who’ve participated in this system are, just like the gunman, from Saudi Arabia, the Navy mentioned. Sources informed Fox Information that Alshamrani was “early” in his coaching.
Agence France-Presse reported that Alshamrani posted a short manifesto to Twitter earlier than the taking pictures. The FBI informed Fox Information that it was conscious of the anti-American Twitter put up, however wouldn’t touch upon whether or not it was trying into it as a part of the investigation.
A U.S. official mentioned Saturday that the suspect additionally hosted a dinner party the week of the taking pictures the place he and a number of other others watched movies of mass shootings.
On Wednesday, Navy sailor Gabriel Antonio Romero opened fire on the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Romero fatally shot three civilians earlier than turning the gun on himself.
Romero was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer who was simply shy of his two-year anniversary with the Navy.