Air Force inspector general investigating security breach at Joint Base Andrews
The Air Force inspector general is now investigating a breach into Joint Base Andrews by an “unauthorized civilian,” an Air Force spokesperson announced Friday in a statement.
A “comprehensive review of installation security and trends” has also been launched, spokesperson Ann Stefanek wrote in the statement. Stefanek said the results of the investigation would become public once the investigation is finished.
“We are still gathering information and facts, but we can assure you, installation security is of critical importance to the Department of the Air Force,” Stefanek wrote.
The security breach was at the base that is home to Air Force One in Maryland. President Joe Biden is scheduled to fly from Andrews to Wilmington, Del. Friday at 5:15 p.m., according to Biden’s schedule.
The breach also comes in wake of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots, which has left stricter security measures at the U.S. Capitol. Thousands of National Guard troops will remain in Washington, D.C., through March.
“Everybody takes seriously what happened,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said at a briefing Friday.