Navy increases base security after NSN shooting, By Catherine Rogers March 31, 2014
The new measure requires drivers presenting a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to be subject to a criminal history check by the
database will check for previous convictions or outstanding warrants that are
grounds for denying the driver access to the base, according to Navy Region
Mid-Atlantic access standards — not the TWIC eligibility criteria. National Crime Information
That means if a driver has any felony convictions within the last ten years, misdemeanor convictions within the last five years for crimes of violence, larceny, drugs or habitual offenses, or is a convicted sex offender, he won’t be granted access.
The Navy’s Region Commander, Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, ordered the additional security measures last week. Before then, drivers with a TWIC were not subject to that kind of screening.
In a press release Monday, the Navy said the change was specifically enacted following the March 24 shooting death of a Sailor aboard the USS Mahan and was put in place to ensure “denial criteria” is consistently applied to everyone who tries to enter a Navy installation.
NCIS is still investigating the shooting. Additionally, U.S. Fleet Forces commander, Adm. Bill Gortney, is holding a separate investigation that will extensively examine “the circumstances surrounding the Naval Station Norfolk shooting, to include a review of applicable policy, programs and implementation,” the Navy release stated. “This investigation will explore in detail how the civilian accessed the base, including whether the gate sentry complied with access control procedures in effect at the time.
The Navy says that sentry — who allowed the shooter, Jeffrey Savage, access to Naval Station Norfolk — has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
A memorial service for the Sailor who was killed, Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, will be held Monday at Naval Station Norfolk. The details of the service will be provided once finalized.