Edwards AFB Lockdown Today – Edwards AFB in California was placed under lockdown at about 8:26 today after security personnel were notified of a person brandishing a gun in their workspace before leaving without injuring anyone. While security personnel were attending to the situation, employees on the base were advised to all continue to observe the safe unit lockdown protocol and be under lockdown until further notice.
Following a 10:10 a.m. update by the Edwards Air Force Base, the security forces at Edwards AFB have concluded that there is no longer a direct threat. Everyone on staff is no longer under lockdown and is free to travel around the installation and pass through all gates. At every gate, security forces will keep a high level of security. “Anticipate delays at every gate when leaving and arriving,” the statement read.
Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States Air Force installation in California. Most of the base sits in Kern County, but its eastern end is in San Bernardino County and a southern arm is in Los Angeles County. The hub of the base is Edwards, California. Established in the 1930s as Muroc Field, the facility was renamed Muroc Army Airfield and then Muroc Air Force Base before its final renaming in 1950 for World War II USAAF veteran and test pilot Capt. Glen Edwards.
Edwards is the home of the Air Force Test Center, Air Force Test Pilot School, and NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. It is the Air Force Materiel Command center for conducting and supporting research and development of flight, as well as testing and evaluating aerospace systems from concept to combat. It also hosts many test activities conducted by America’s commercial aerospace industry.
Notable occurrences at Edwards include Chuck Yeager’s flight that broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, test flights of the North American X-15, the first landings of the Space Shuttle, and the 1986 around-the-world flight of the Rutan Voyager.