Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - The tragedy striking the nation's capital is increasing security close to home.
It is a reminder for officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to be on guard for any threat.
"Incidents like this give us a renewed emphasis on our security posture and our force protection measures," said Col. Cassie Barlow, Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing. "This incident today actually encouraged some of our organizations on the base to do more drills."
Every one on base is trained, individually, when a shooter is spotted on the base.
Four times a year, employees and airmen are drilled on active shooter scenarios.
"It's really a responsibility of every individual that works on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base," said Barlow. "Everyone has a role in force protection."
It is a training that will come into effect in this year's Air Force Marathon.
More than 15 thousand runners and spectators are expected to walk through the gates.
Keeping them safe is first on the list of priorities.
"We want to make sure that we have a safe and secure environment for everyone coming to watch the marathon and everyone coming to compete in the marathon as well," said Barlow.
It means additional security measures at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Col. Barlow would not go into detail what changes were being made.
However, she did say to expect more uniformed personnel to keep eyes on the week's events.
Everyone will also be screened through metal detectors, common practice for events through the Air Force's museum.
The base is still waiting on word from Air Force Command what, if any, steps will be taken following the tragic shooting.
But preparations are underway to make sure this weekend is safe for everyone on base.
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