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Secretary of Defense calls for a review of security

Secretary of Defense calls for a review of security

Lee Erwin reporting

lerwin@clarksvillenow.com

Fort Campbell, KY.- In the wake of the deadly mass shooting Monday, September 16 that left 12 people and the shooter dead at the Washington D.C. Naval Yard, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for a security review at all U.S. military facilities around the world

Bob Jenkins with the Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office said security was a very, very important mission requirement at the installation. “We do reviews periodically, anything from random searches at the gate, to extensive training and battle drills regarding security that are full exercises,” Jenkins said.

When it comes to contractors, which was one of the issues in the Washington, about a year ago Fort Campbell officials worked with all of the contractors on Post and had them do their own security reviews of their personnel and then that information had to be verified with Fort Campbell.

“It was a requirement on our part because we need to insure that all people coming on Post are vetted and we don’t have people who are going to be here for reasons other than what they’re supposed to be here for,” said Jenkins. Jenkins said that security is in the forefront of our minds and it has to be all of the time.

“It’s very, very important to continue the same types of things we are doing and there may be a requirement to step them up a little bit more,” said Jenkins. Jenkins added that they did have the message from the secretary of defense and we will continue to do our own reviews internally and the training we go through as well.

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