NAS Stands Down

Meridian naval air station observed a safety stand down on Wednesday.

It's a routine move but happened to come a day after the defense department raised the terror alert to ''high''.

The stand down is a time for reviewing safety procedures and renewing a commitment to safety, on base and off, according the NAS Meridian's safety officer.

"We go over some things of importance like wearing seatbelts, the importance of wearing personal protective equipment, the importance of safety, not just on the base here but also around the home, out on the highways, etc. Safety is important everywhere. So we are trying to teach our troops to think safety every day, all day," said Annie Minter, safety officer at the base.

Stand downs are conducted twice a year at NAS Meridian, as a part of routine safety measures.