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Arkansas Air Force base lockdown ends with no 'credible' threat

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8:27 p.m.
U.S. Air Force personell arrange traffic cones near the front gate of Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The base was locked down since late Wednesday morning amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials offered few details about the incident. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. — Military officials locked down an Arkansas air force base for several hours on Wednesday after reporting that a suspicious individual was on the sprawling complex near Little Rock, then reopened the base and said the threat was “no longer credible.”

During the lockdown, no one was allowed to enter or leave the base. Gates were closed and a line of vehicles stretched for a quarter-mile outside the base.

“We responded with the necessary caution to secure our airmen, their families and Air Force resources,” Col. Patrick Rhatigan, the 19th Airlift Wing commander, said in a statement. He apologized for the inconvenience but said it was necessary to ensure that the base and its military and civilian staff were safe.

Christina Rivera, whose husband is an airman on the base, said she'd received an automated phone call telling everyone on base to stay indoors. Rivera, who had been waiting outside the gate entrance for more than two hours at that point, said her husband was barricaded in their bedroom with their two children, who are 8 months and 18 months old.

“All I want is to go home and be with my husband and my kids,” she said.

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