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SAFB Increases Security In the Wake of Fort Hood Shooting

Sheppard Air Force Base heightened security more than a hour after Wednesday's shooting.
Sheppard Air Force Base heightened security more than a hour after Wednesday's shooting.

Sheppard officials say that because Fort Hood is just 265 miles southeast of Wichita Falls they decided to increase security measure on base.

The Fort Hood shooting happened yesterday at 4 p.m. and Sheppard tightened security measures at 5:45 p.m.

Officials say measures included increased patrols around the Base Exchange, the Commissary and other populated areas on base.

They also say instead of randomly checking the ID of those entering the base, everyone who passed through the gates had their ID scanned.

"We take security very seriously and we don't want to become or give the impression that we are an easy target we want to make our members of Sheppard Air Force Base feel comfortable and secure," says Capt. Yonca
Nice, a security forces officer the 82nd Security Forces Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base.

The increased measures were in place at Sheppard for just over 18 hours before returning to normal Thursday at 1 p.m.

Officials at Fort Sill say they did not elevate the security level on post.
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