by JBER Public Affairs
10/16/2015 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - -- The
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital was put on lockdown at
approximately 12:30 p.m. as security forces and emergency response
personnel responded to a report of a suspicious person with a firearm at
Security forces personnel were on-the-scene within three minutes and
apprehended the suspect, an active duty Air Force Airman, who was found
with a loaded firearm. He is currently being held in custody on JBER.
The base hospital personnel initiated internal lockdown procedures
simultaneously to allow security forces to confront of the suspect. No
shots were fired and there were no injuries.
Base officials attributed the situation's safe resolution to the rapid
response of security forces personnel and the rapid hospital lockdown by
"First and foremost, I want to thank the medical group and security
forces personnel who quickly reacted to the situation," said Col. Brian
R. Bruckbauer, JBER and 673d Air Base Wing commander. "It allowed
emergency responders both on and off the installation to apprehend the
individual without harm to any personnel."
The Anchorage Police Department and other local agencies assisted base
security forces personnel in sweeping and securing the scene.
"We want to thank those in the local community and JBER for the successful resolution of the incident," Bruckbauer said.
JBER officials declared the incident successfully resolved and the installation has returned to normal operations.
"This is something we train for. I'm proud of our defenders and how
quickly they got to the hospital, and how quickly they took command of
the situation," Bruckbauer said. "I'm proud of our professionals on base
and along with our off-base partners because they were here pretty
quickly to assist us. It shows a very strong partnership with the
Anchorage Police Department, FBI and others who responded to assist our