Shooter at U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, is 'confirmed dead'
Authorities said there had been an "active shooter" on Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, a U.S. Navy base in Florida, before saying the shooter was dead a few minutes later, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's.This is a breaking news story.
Training international students at NAS Pensacola is a core part of the base's mission.
The base employs 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. This includes major tenant commands: Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, a command which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.
Vigil held for victims of shooting at naval base
A vigil was held for the victims of the Pensacola naval base shooting.About 50 people gathered Saturday for a vigil in honor of the victims at the Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, located about 3 miles from Naval Air Station Pensacola where the shooting broke out Friday morning.
The admission, training process for international students
International students can complete all or part of the typical 18-month syllabus on base and must go through several federal vetting processes before training at NAS Pensacola.
"The way that program works is that the foreign government has to certify that these are the best of their best, that these are their future generals and admirals and senior military officials for their countries," said Rep. Matt Gaetz. “The U.S. State Department does a scrub on those prospective trainees, and after that they matriculate into the program.
Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in U.S. Navy base rampage: FBI
Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in U.S. Navy base rampage: FBIRachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville office, said the shooter used a Glock model 45 9mm handgun that he had purchased legally in Florida.
“That’s a really important part of what our military does, because it has people use our systems and train alongside our military members,” he added. “They are more receptive and more capable and more willing to work with us when the time arises, should U.S. interests be impacted.”
Forging international partnerships through training
The base's Naval Education and Training Security Assistance (NETSAFA) Field Activity International Training Center (NITC) is a department on base that specializes in training aviators from other countries and forging international partnerships.
NITC has several partnerships with the Royal Saudi Air Forces, including an undergraduate pilot basic aviation preparatory training course, a senior executive leadership course and a junior officer enhanced leadership course.
The NITC "provides training in numerous military disciplines, operational and administrative, tailored to meet the needs of our international partner nations," according to its website.
This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal:
All eight people injured in NAS Pensacola shooting released from hospital .
More than a week after the deadly shooting at NAS Pensacola, all eight of the people who were injured have been released from the hospital. Base officials confirmed Saturday that the last person who was hospitalized has since been discharged.The shooting Dec. 6 resulted in the deaths of four people — including the gunman, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force — and the wounding of eight others.Three young naval aviators were killed in the attack, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19; Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21.© John Blackie/jblackie@pnj.