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Offutt Air Force Base goes on lockdown, advises to barricade doors

A photo of the Air Traffic Control Tower on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. May 21, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)
April 19, 2023

Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska went on lockdown Wednesday afternoon and advised everyone there to lock and barricade doors. The reason for the lockdown was not immediately clear.

“REAL WORLD: Offutt Air Force Base is currently on lockdown. Movement on base is restricted. Stay inside, and lock and barricade doors if possible,” the base tweeted at 2:02 p.m. local time.

“More information will be released as it becomes available,” the base added.

The base previously went into lockdown on Feb. 10 when a civilian driver with multiple outstanding misdemeanor warrants accidentally entered the base, 6 News reported. The base was on lockdown for about an hour.

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The base tweeted “all clear” at 2:30 p.m. local time, adding, “Normal activity can be resumed at this time.”

Located south of Omaha on the eastern edge of Nebraska, Offutt is home to more than 6,600 military service members and virtually the same number of dependents, according to Military OneSource.

The base is the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command, which handles strategic nuclear deterrence. It is also the home of the 55th Wing of the Air Combat Command.

A full lockdown also went into effect at Naval Air Station Key West for more than an hour on March 16 after a military service member drove past a security gate.

In December, another so-called “gate runner” incident saw an intruder shot by an airman at Shaw Air Force Base, injuring them and triggering a multi-agency investigation into the incident. 

It came a month after another “gate runner” at Wyoming’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base, who was “determined to be non-hostile,” according to a press release.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.