WASHINGTON (NNS) — This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.
The Navy continues to provide support to Navy personnel affected by the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard (WNY) Sept. 16.
[Updated 11:00 a.m. EST, 17 September]
An emergency family support task force was established to assist victims, workers and families with issues related to the shooting. That task force will be led by Vice. Adm. Bill French, Commander of the Navy’s Installations Command.
The Warfighter and Family Support Center, located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bowling (JBAB), will provide family services counselors, chaplains support and additional information for Washington Navy Yard employees and families affected. To request services or find out information about loved ones call 1-855-677-1755.
Furthermore, the Federal Occupations Health and Employee Assistance Program (FOHEAP) is providing critical incident stress management and counseling services are available at 800-222-0364.
Access to the Washington Navy Yard will be restricted Tuesday, Sept. 17 to mission essential personnel only as the FBI continues its investigation.
[Updated 11:10 p.m. EST, 16 September]
In a video message (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AptksIDRQPI&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLDQ1SztOjkOlNWHM2rsUo2kE3_ZUKGVTA), Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus pledged his support to those affected by the shooting.
Yesterday, during a press conference at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Mabus announced he had conferred SECNAV Designee status on injured personnel. The Secretary of the Navy Designee Program provides special eligibility for medical and dental care from naval medical facilities for patients affected by the shooting.
The Navy has issued an “Order to Account” for all Navy uniformed personnel, both active duty and selected Reserve, assigned to commands in the D.C. metro area. Navy family members, Navy civilian employees, as well as, NAF and NEX personnel should muster through the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). To muster, visit the NFAAS website athttps://navyfamily.navy.mil.
At 8:20 a.m. EST Sept. 16 an active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard. D.C. Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed there were 12 fatalities in a shooting.
A number of agencies are investigating the incident including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, D.C. Metro Police, and the FBI which has lead.
The Navy has released the service history of Aaron Alexis, who is believed to have been the shooter. Here is a link to that biographical data: http://www.navy.mil/docs/Alexis_Aaron.pdf
“I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard,” said Mabus. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation.”
“Darleen and I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s events at the Navy Yard,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert. “Our team of Sailors and Navy Civilians at the Navy Yard deserve our care and concern at this time. I applaud the efforts of all who immediately responded to this course of events in order to care for the injured victims and ensure the safety of our personnel.”
Photo: 130916-N-ZZ999-001 WASHINGTON (Sept. 16, 2013) An undated file photo of an aerial view of the Washington Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)