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An intruder managed to breach Joint Base Andrews in Maryland — the home of Air Force One, military officials said.
A spokesman at the base confirmed the incident Thursday to the Air Force Times, the outlet reported.
“An unauthorized individual gained access to Joint Base Andrews,” the spokesman said in a statement. “The incident is under investigation.”
The spokesman referred additional inquiries to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which is handling the ongoing probe.
Linda Card, an OSI spokeswoman, confirmed the intruder got onto the base and was being interviewed by investigators.
She had no additional details to provide, including how far onto the base the intruder got or if the suspect managed to reach aircraft there, according to the report.
The incident came just one day ahead of President Joe Biden’s scheduled flight from the base southeast of Washington, DC, to Delaware, according to the president’s schedule released late Thursday.
Messages seeking additional details from Card and Joint Base Andrews’ public affairs office were not immediately returned early Friday.
Air Force One – also known as the “president’s office in the sky” – is technically used to designate any Air Force aircraft carrying the commander-in-chief, according to the White House’s website.
“But it is now standard practice to use the term to refer to specific planes that are equipped to transport the Commander-in-Chief,” the site reads. “Today, this name refers to one of two highly customized Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which carry the tail codes 28000 and 29000.”
The military facility in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is known as “America’s Airfield” and plays a “dynamic and critical part” in defending the nation. It houses Air Force One, as well F-16 Fighting Falcons, refueling aircraft and military helicopters, according to its website.
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