Are We Ever Safe on Military Installations?

News just in from Washington DC: A person with a gun has gone on a rampage at the Navy Yard shooting people.

My husband is fine, it is not where he is stationed but it is just down the road from his work.

It was only a few weeks ago I took him over to the Navy Yard to pick up a prescription around this time of day. I have always felt safe on military bases. You need to show ID to go through the gate although, Army bases here in the DC area ANYONE can show an ID and gain access to the base. That I find unsettling. I told a friend of mine who lives in base housing at Fort Myer that she really needs to lock her door because anyone can be walking around.

Navy bases usually have higher security only allowing military civilians, military spouses, service men and women and certain contractors with appropriate ID to pass through the gate. Just recently they did away with car decals that identify vehicles as owned by persons pertaining to access IDs. Firearms are strictly prohibited and car searches are random.

I have always thought that there would be a situation like this would happen because of the lax security measures of letting anyone on with a drivers license on base. In Norfolk, to get on base you need someone with a military ID present and driving the vehicle.

Apparently the Navy Yard has a museum called the National Museum of the US Navy and allows visitors to access the base by simply showing ID. How easy is it then for a person that has ill will and is deeply disgruntled against the military and/or government to gain access to the base with a firearm?  As I said above, the searches are random and not very thorough. A firearm can easily be concealed in partitions of a vehicle and be overlooked by gate guards.

I was quite surprised in the loose security measures in place on military installations here in the NoVA/DC area. I don’t want them easily and readily accessed by the general public or anyone that has some form of identification. The bases are home to prominent military officials, military equipment and no doubt documentation of the world’s most powerful military. Opening itself to the public has exposed an achilles heel for the Navy. Hopefully this situation is not as grave as the media is portraying and in the future open access policies will be changed to allow only authorized personnel on all military installations.

I have a right to feel my husband is safe on dry land.