Spangdahlem goes through Joint Staff Integrated Vulnerability Assessment

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - -- Team Spangdahlem's anti-terrorism and force protection completed a Joint Staff Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Sept. 16-21, 2013.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency conducted the base-wide assessment of the base's ability to deter and respond to a terrorist attack.

"Our Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection team did a phenomenal job preparing and ensuring the 52nd Fighter Wing met the very strict criteria set by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," said Col. David Julazadeh, 52nd FW commander, in an email to the wing.

The team used benchmarks to review standards with respect to perspectives from emergency management, security, intelligence, infrastructure and communication, said Randall Henry, 52nd FW anti-terrorism officer.

Henry also stated how DTRA gave the base an outside set of eyes that could only improve the procedures, techniques and security already in place here.

Although DTRA inspectors do not issue grades, Henry attributed the base's success to the active support from base leadership and unit representatives for the anti-terrorism program. 

Even though the inspection is over, Henry emphasized how it's the responsibility of each Airman to maintain force protection and security, both on- and off-duty.

"Be smart day-to-day, and be aware of your surroundings," Henry said. "Try to blend in with your local community. Don't make yourself a target."