NORFOLK -- Additional screening is now in place for all delivery drivers presenting the Transportation Worker Identification Credential to get onto Navy facilities
Before access is granted, officials will now check the National Crime Information Center data base for any criminal history or outstanding warrants that are grounds for denial in accordance with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic access standards.
The policy change comes in the wake of the March 24 shooting aboard USS Mahan that killed Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo. The alleged gunman, Jeffrey Savage of Portsmouth, had a Department of Homeland Security TWIC (Transportation Worker Identity Credential) card, but the Navy says he wasn't authorized to be on base.
Savage was killed by Navy security forces. He had a criminal record and had spent time behind bars on drugs charges and for voluntary manslaughter.
The Navy says the change will ensure that Navy Region Mid-Atlantic's denial criteria are applied consistently to all those seeking base access.
Additionally, random security measures will continue at entry control points.
The new measures were ordered by Navy's Region Commander, Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith.
The shooting remains under investigation. The gate sentry who allowed Savage access to base has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. Savage has spent time in prison for selling crack and, separately, for voluntary manslaughter.
A memorial service for Mayo will be held Monday, April 7, at Naval Station Norfolk. Details of the service will be provided once finalized.