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Malmstrom Air Force Base in lockdown after active shooter alert

Threat originated at building 219, triggering a rapid response from Air Force and emergency personnel and by 10:36am, Force Protection Condition (FPCON) Delta was implemented

By Web Desk
February 16, 2024
Malmstrom Air Force Base is on lockdown in response to an active shooter alert on base. Photo: Malmstrom Air Force Base
Malmstrom Air Force Base is on lockdown in response to an active shooter alert on base. Photo: Malmstrom Air Force Base

Malmstrom Air Force Base found itself in the grip of an active shooter alert. The base, located in Great Falls, Montana, entered lockdown at precisely 10:29am, with all personnel instructed to shelter in place.

The threat originated at building 219, triggering a rapid response from the Air Force and emergency personnel. By 10:36am, the Force Protection Condition (FPCON) Delta was implemented, underscoring the severity of the incident.

In an official statement released at 11:57am, the base urged visitors and spectators to steer clear of the affected area, emphasising that public cooperation was crucial for minimising potential injuries and facilitating an effective response.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and Senator Jon Tester both acknowledged the severity of the situation, with the governor saying, "I have been in contact with General Hronek regarding the reports of an active shooter alert on the Malmstrom Air Force Base," and Senator Tester assuring continued monitoring of the developing scenario.

The impact extended beyond the base, with nearby schools also under a "shelter in place" order, amplifying the urgency of the situation for the broader community.

Great Falls Police Department, recognising the potential threat, provided security and support to both the base and nearby schools.

With a population of nearly 3,300 troops and over 500 civilians working at the base, and an additional 2,300 civilians residing on-site, the incident had far-reaching implications.

As the situation unfolded, Great Falls Public Schools took precautionary measures, issuing a 'shelter in place' order for schools in proximity to the base.

"During these uncertain times, our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of our personnel and the surrounding community," said base officials, reflecting the collective sentiment of concern and determination in the face of adversity.