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Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NASKW watches as story unfolds
Capt. McAlearney: 'We are vigilant'

Many eyes were trained to cable news around Naval Air Station Key West Monday as updates poured in on the shooting rampage in Washington, D.C.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Navy family in Washington," said NAS Key West Commanding Officer Capt. Steve McAlearney. "As always, we will continue to remain vigilant here at NAS Key West in order to protect our personnel and mission."

The air station remained open for business and busy Monday as four squadrons in town kept to their training schedules, said NAS Key West spokeswoman Trice Denny.

The Navy does not comment on its security measures and what, if any, changes were made at NAS Key West in light of the shootings, Denny said.

"I can say that this is something we train on and there has been training since the Fort Hood shooting," Denny said, referring to the 2009 shooting at the Texas Army base that killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others.

Nearly every TV in the commmand center at Boca Chica Field was tuned to news Monday morning.

"A lot of people in the Navy transfer often, so many people here may know people who work in Washington," Denny said. "It's very scary."

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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