AIR FORCE officials yesterday took into custody a man who allegedly made a bomb threat at Andersen Air Force Base. “The incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. and is currently under investigation,” a press release from AAFB said.
“The collective responsiveness of Team Andersen allowed base officials to isolate the incident and get the base back to normal operations in a short period of time. Thank you Team Andersen and those visiting for your spectacular cooperation,” said Brig. Gen. John Doucette, the 36th Wing commander.
AAFB was on lockdown for a few hours yesterday afternoon following the reported bomb threat.
Tech Sgt. Mike Andriacco, spokesman for AAFB, said the gates closed at about 12:45 p.m.
Andriacco said the entire base went into high security mode at 1 p.m. and all base personnel were ordered to stay in-doors and explosive ordnance disposal experts were called in to investigate the alleged threat.
AAFB would not give further details. “It is Department of Defense policy not to disclose specific security measures,” a press release from AAFB stated. The military base was declared “all clear” and returned to normal operations at 3 p.m. yesterday.