The Pentagon’s Inspector General has begun a comprehensive research project on how the military branches’ various law enforcement agencies have responded over the years to active shooter incidents and violence in the workplace on installations.
The brief July 28 announcement by the IG did not state what triggered the project, but recent incidents have raised questions ranging from access to bases and weapons, to the vetting of personnel participating in training programs.
The most troubling of the recent incidents occurred Dec. 6, 2019, at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida when a gunman later identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, opened fire in a classroom building.
Using a 9mm Glock handgun and extra magazines, Alshamrani killed three sailors and injured eight others before he was killed by responding deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The FBI later classified the shootings as a terrorist incident.