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NEWS | May 6, 2015

633rd SFS to increase antiterrorism efforts

By Airman 1st Class Devin Scott Michaels 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 633rd Security Forces Squadron will make significant adjustments to their antiterrorism routines to better protect personnel at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, May 26, 2015.

The immediate changes will be new gate schedules.

According to U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shakira Ham, 633rd SFS desk clerk, the NASA Gate's inbound and outbound lanes will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the LaSalle and King Street Gates will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Ham added that these changes will allow them to allocate 20 percent of SFS members for patrols throughout the base and in off-base housing, thus providing a safer environment for U.S. Service members.

In a case involving terroristic motives, security forces needs to maintain a certain level of manning to ensure maximum effectiveness when halting an emergency situation.

"Our patrols are tasked with a magnitude of antiterrorism and force protection duties," said Staff Sgt. Jacob Brown, 633rd SFS Police Services and Confinement noncommissioned officer in charge. "Patrols conduct random antiterrorism measures to include building checks, traffic monitoring, frequent perimeter security checks and finding and reporting security discrepancies."

Brown added that the effectiveness of thwarting and combatting terrorists comes down to policies in place, but most of all, manpower. 

"With more [officers] able to patrol the base, more random vehicle inspections can be continued; more antiterrorism procedures can continue; less contraband and potential bad guys are allowed on the base; and the overall health, security and welfare of Langley residents can increase," said Brown.

For more information, call SFS at 764-5526 or 764-7766.