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UPDATE: Confusion over safety drill creates lockdown at Joint Base Andrews

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First responders and dogs search the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility at Joint Base Andrews during the security incident Thursday. NBC Washington photo First responders and dogs search the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility at Joint Base Andrews during the security incident Thursday. NBC Washington photo

UPDATE: (NBC Washington) - An apparent misunderstanding about a planned security drill spawned the lockdown of the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland  following a report of an active shooter. 

The base was placed on lockdown just after 9 a.m. Thursday, officials at the base told News4. All personnel have been directed to shelter in place.

Joint Base Andrews said it had planned an active shooter exercise for 9 a.m., but around the same time, first responders received reports of an "real-world active shooter situation" at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. The base says it investigating the incident as an ongoing active shooter situation.

According to Stars and Stripes, the Pentagon said there was a “barricade situation” on the third floor of the medical facility.

Rodney Smith, a patient advocate at the medical facility, told the Associated Press the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. Smith was in the older building.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the incident an "unfolding situation" during his testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

Some military installations in the D.C. area have increased their security in response to the incident at Joint Base Andrews. 

Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia, says it has increased its "security posture", and the Washington Navy Yard in Southwest Washington has ordered "100 percent ID check" and "long guns at entrance gates."

Security has also been heightened at the Naval Observatory in Northwest Washington and the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Joint Base Andrews, in Prince George's County, Maryland, is the home of Air Force One and to other emergency reaction units for the area around the nation's capital.

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to fly out of Joint Base Andrews Thursday morning for an event in Ohio, his office confirmed. Biden is currently being held at the Naval Observatory. 

Last month, Joint Base Andrews was placed on lockdown after a woman walked onto the base and claimed she had a bomb.
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An Explosive Ordinance Disposal team found the woman had no explosives, and she was apprehended. 

Joint Base Andrews has a long, storied history. The first prisoners of war back from Vietnam in 1973 arrived at Andrews Air 
Force Base as did the U.S. hostages from Iran in 1981.

Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev was the first foreign head of state to fly into Andrews in 1959.

Construction on a military airfield there began in 1942 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was named Andrews Field in 1945 in honor of one of the founders of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews. He had died in an airplane crash on May 3, 1943, the day the base opened.

The base’s name was changed to Andrews Air Force Base in 1947, shortly after the Air Force became a separate service in 1947. It combined with the Naval Air Facility Washington to become Joint Base Andrews in 2009.
 

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