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Some military contractors in the area say stricter measures aren't necessary
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- Thousands of people in our area work as military contractors, with the same type of base access that Aaron Alexis had.
Some say that stricter security measures aren't the answer.
Laura Hussey "The Magnolia Grill doesn't just serve meals at this restaurant on Brooks Street. they cater events at all of our local military bases. The owner says each employee he brings on base is thoroughly investigated"
Whether they're coming on base for a three-hour event, or a forty-hour-a-week job.....Every military contractor has to fill out an affidavit for access.
They provide personal information and answer questions about their legal status.
Dr. David Goetsch "They have enough data on you when you fill out the paperwork to do a complete background check on you if they feel that's necessary."
Dr. David Goetsch had contractor clearance for more than thirty years.
He says the security measures are very good.
Magnolia Grill owner Tom Rice agrees.. He's seen the system filter people out.
Tom Rice "They tap the computer out there, and to my embarrassment several years ago, I had one person who popped up and said. they said I'm sorry, she can't come on the base"
Neither Eglin Air Force Base nor Hurlburt Field would comment on specific security procedures.
Dr. Goetsch says that's not where action is needed.
Dr. David Goetsch "The real answer to this situation lies not in us beefing up security that's already good. It lies in us doing a better job of dealing with these societal issues that drive people like this to do these heinous things, and more importantly to pay attention when we have warning signs"
Laura Hussey "Several times coming on base, we've had to pull this news car into a special lane, and stand on the curb while security forces search it. That can happen to any vehicle at any time."
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has now ordered a review of procedures for security clearance and access.