Osan AB secure after potential active shooter reports

OSAN AB, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- Following an installation-wide lockdown and sweeps conducted by the 51st Security Forces Squadron here, the base has returned to normal operations.

At approximately 10 a.m., the Osan American High School received an automated phone call saying an active shooter drill was taking place.  After verifying with the installation that an active shooter drill was not scheduled, the school immediately instituted lockdown procedures as a precautionary measure.

Upon receiving the notification, Osan AB instituted lockdown procedures for the entire installation. Security forces from the 51st Fighter Wing arrived on scene and completed sweeps of the high school, middle school and elementary school.

"Any report of an active shooter incident is taken incredibly seriously, and I want to personally thank the immediate and professional response by our security forces team to ensure the safety and security of our schools and the entire installation," said Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander.  "Although no injuries or suspicious activity were reported, the quick and decisive actions by the school and members of Team Osan ensured our families and personnel were safe."

The lockdown was lifted at approximately 12:30 p.m., once security forces members completed the sweep and no suspicious or unusual activity was noted.

The installation has returned to normal operations and counseling services for those affected are available, if needed.

For more information, please contact the 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 784-4044 or 031-661-4044.