Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield was locked down for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon after a training exercise appeared to turn into an incident involving a real security threat.
Emergency personnel responded to reports of a shooting on the base outside of Fairfield, but officials lifted the lockdown after about 90 minutes, calling the incident a “false alarm.”
“There were reports of potential gunshots outside of the base exchange. Emergency personnel responded immediately,” Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm said. “No shooter was found, and the base lockdown was lifted.
“We’ll be looking into the details of what surrounded it.”
The incident began at about 3:20 p.m. A Travis news release issued late Wednesday afternoon said the 60th Air Mobiity Wing is in the middle of a multiday exercise to test and train airmen to boost the base’s ability to respond to emergency incidents.
That resulted in initial confusion, but the incident was determined not to be part of the training scenario, said Bobbie Textor, a secretary in Travis’ public affairs office.
Col. John Klein, the 60th Air Mobility Wing’s commander, said a caller reported hearing a single gunshot coming from outside the base.
On a day when Americans were already jittery because of shootings in San Francisco and Alexandria, Va., the base issued a security alert at mid-afternoon for what it called a “real world security incident” and advised personnel to “shelter in place” and lock their doors and windows.
At around 5 p.m., the main gates had opened and vehicle traffic was entering and exiting the base. Loudspeakers broadcast the message “all clear.”
“Our first responders acted absolutely appropriately and in an instance like this, we do not question those reports,” Klein said. “We simply respond to ensure the safety of our personnel and everybody that is in the base.”
Home to thousands of military and civilian personnel, Travis houses several Air Force units and a medical center.
The Bee’s Nashelly Chavez contributed to this report