Explosion at Travis Air Force Base gate

| March 23, 2018 | 81 Comments

According to NBC News, a driver tried to get his vehicle bomb on Travis Air Force Base, but that the device only killed the driver instead;

“The guy came to the gate with propane tanks in his vehicle, he started reaching for what looked like an I.D card, started messing with a fuel ignition source to blow the propane tanks. He then drove into the outbound portion of the lane where he burned to death. The Airman was working the lane the driver came through attempted to save the man’s life, but the propane tanks burned the man up. We closed the 1 ton black gates manually. We didn’t know if it was a terrorist attack or a suicide, but we were using the word Bomb for the incident. He stopped initially to confront the guard, but the Security Force member screamed he had a Bomb and ran for cover. The car then sped off an burst into flames.

CBS News is reporting that the incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism;

The driver has been identified by law enforcement, but has not been named, according to CBS News reporter John Blackstone.

No shots were fired. The FBI is joining the Air Force in the investigation of the security breach.

One of these days they’re going to get lucky. They don’t need scary-looking, black rifles to kill.

ABC says that his name is Hafiz Kazi;

A man who was killed in a fiery crash at Travis AFB’s main gate has been identified as 51-year-old Hafiz Kazi.

Sources described Kazi as a “nomad” and a “vagabond,” who lived in many places.

Authorities extracted a video from his cell phone and are analyzing it to try and see if it could help point to a motive. Sources wouldn’t offer any details about the video.

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  1. David says:

    Are the gate guards armed? And if not, why not?

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Roasted to death in his own mobile propane grille. Pardon my laughter and the pleasure I derive from his self cremating.

  3. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    USAF – 1
    Sploded Terrorist – 0

    Lets get a DNA sample and go after all the relatives now!

  4. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    “Jeez. What’s that stink?”

    “Oh. That’s just Ahmed cooking.”

  5. Mike says:

    Out here at McChord Field the other night, we had a drug addled tweaker run a stolen semi tractor through the back fence, interfere with the active runway with C-17s taking off. The Truck stopped and he ran, leaving his wallet on the seat. The guy saw paratroopers coming down and he thought they were cops dropping to search for him. The local Sheriff deputies had to call base security to let them know that there was a big hole in their fence and someone was driving around a tractor on their flightline.

    They finally got the guy, but damn, all that makes me feel so safe working out here.

  6. AF VET says:

    Air Force base gate guards are “usually” E-4 and below or are contracted guards who are retired vets who have done security in their past. All guards are armed — usually 9MM. Some carry M-16s or they are close by in the guard shack. I do know that most bases have the bollards that sit a few hundred yards inside each gate that can be activated within seconds of illegal entry, the curbs where the bollards are activated are 3 to 4 feet high so there’s no “go around”. I would hope security on all the bases are somewhat the same in terms of the gates.

    • Cowpill says:

      At Kirtland after 9/11 I was assigned as gate guard for about a year. We were armed with the M9 and supervisors were issued a M-16/GAU 5. we also had remote transmitters we wore when pushed activated the barriers and brought the wrath of the security forces

    • AW1Ed says:

      The heavy fog lifted one morning at NAS Jacksonville, FL, and revealed a civilian Cessna at the end of the runway, loaded to the gills with weed. Not a soul around, and no one was ever nabbed for it. Gates didn’t help here.

      • JacktheJarhead says:

        I work on an AFB and the guards are all with the M9 and there are the AF version of the M4 in the guard shack. There are usually at least 4 there and mostly E-4 and below.

        This is the second time in a week someone drove a vehicle loaded with flammable material into a government building. There was an incident in Florida where a woman drove her car into a BSO sub station. Funny that she attended a Jihadi friendly local mosque. Odd, that we have not heard much about that. I wonder if the person at Travis is a recent convert or have an El or Al in his name.

      • Atkron says:

        How about this one, the NAS JAX Barnett Bank was robbed in, I believe 1996. I was just about to rotate out of HS-1 when it occurred.

        ON BASE!

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          There was an -epic- bank robbery gone bad on Fort Stewart in 1987 (might have been 88)

          Two dingleberries robbed the Hinesville bank on-post branch,

          driving a pickup truck rented in their names,

          wearing stocking masks and their BDUs with name tapes.

          At shift change for the MPs

          At the branch bank next to the exchange snack bar where MPs tended to congregate.

          Their flight was also comical and futile

          The resultant shootout was epic, and of upwards of 50-100 shots fired, three hit the one shooting perp. Two were minor meat-graze hits. The one incapacitating brain shot was fired by a female agent ordered to stay out of the fight.

          Did I mention the 270 degree MP firing arc? (None hit)

          -epic- circus….

          • Graybeard says:

            Hopefully the female agent didn’t get smoked for that.

            A 270-degree firing arc pretty well says that the target is gonna die, unless they shoot like those MPs seemed to have.

            If only 50 shots were fired by the MPs with 3 hits, that is a 6% hit ratio. Somehow I would expect better of MPs – but I’ve been wrong before.

            • 11B-Mailclerk says:

              One of the MPs present was a mailclerk, so we had lots of opportunity do discuss what happened.

              He said he personally picked up 54 .45 cases. (Versus the “official” total of 17 shots fired)

              He said some of those boys were on their third magazine before they were stopped.

              • 11B-Mailclerk says:

                Needless to say, there was a rather large block of range time and ammunition allocated to MP units after that.

                • Graybeard says:

                  Good. Although I know the adrenaline hammers you at a time like that.

                  One of my friends is an LEO who was involved in a running shootout with some escaped convicts here some years ago – and his account of the experience, coupled with the ability to reconstruct the times involved from the recordings, is eye-opening.

                  Range time alone doesn’t prepare you for that rush. And he is a lot more level-headed and collected than most LEOs.

                  • rgr769 says:

                    That is why when we did our night shoot-house exercise at the British Army’s SAS CQB shoot, they made us run for four miles before we entered the shoot-house to engage the targets on a simulated hostage rescue.

    • radar says:

      When I was a gate guard as auxiliary security (every squadron had to send people to gate guard duty for 3 months at a time) at MCAS Yuma in 2004, we carried shotguns. The PMO guys with us carried their M9s. The usual routine was 1 PMO and 2 CMF outside with the other three inside – it was Yuma in August so we rotated in and out of the air conditioning every 30 minutes.

  7. HMC Ret says:

    If I were being burned alive, I would be praying for a head shot.

  8. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    I guess the perp in the car was really Burned up in that he couldn’t do any real damage except for his car. I wonder if the re sale on the car would lose it’s value over the interior damage. Hmmmmm.

  9. USAF RET says:

    Anyone have a light? Ask Mohammad AKA the Human Zippo

  10. JURRASSICHM says:

    This just in. Democrats call for a ban on all large capacity propane tanks and stricter background checks of Home Depot shoppers. Introduce legislation to regulate barbecue grills.

  11. rgr1480 says:

    Now we have to worry about scary black SUVs????

  12. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Apparently, the idiot ignored that the area was posted as “No Smoking”.

  13. Jonn Lilyea says:

    ABC says that his name is Hafiz Kazi;

    A man who was killed in a fiery crash at Travis AFB’s main gate has been identified as 51-year-old Hafiz Kazi.

    Sources described Kazi as a “nomad” and a “vagabond,” who lived in many places.

    Authorities extracted a video from his cell phone and are analyzing it to try and see if it could help point to a motive. Sources wouldn’t offer any details about the video.

  14. Mr. Pete says:

    I hope mean “burned to death” really means like to “to death” lol

  15. Todd McFarlane says:

    I was ‘just there’ about 1 mile from the Travis AFB entrance as i visited ‘Pick and Pull’ junkyard in Fairfield, CA. `

  16. Claw says:

    Whiz Wheel says:

    Hafiz Kazi (SIBLDAM*) 37×6= 222

    *Self Inflicted Bernathian Level Dumb Ass Move

  17. Planet Ord says:

    We had a guy drive up to our local military base a few years ago with wired propane tanks. Nothing happened and we didn’t go public with it, but damn.

    I must have travelled thru that Travis gate several hundred times.

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