ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Military bases across the country, including Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County raised their security level to "Bravo," from Alpha.
The move Friday is in response to an "increased and more predictable threat of terrorism," the Pentagon said.
U.S. bases haven't been at this level since the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, according to that official, a U.S. official
That means people who live on and visit the Marine Corps Logistics Base might notice some changes.
Base officials say if you visit the base or live here you can expect to have some random security checks at the gate which they say could back up traffic in the mornings and evenings. That affects about five thousand people who live and work out here. They're asking folks to please be patient. Also if they see anything that seems out of the ordinary be sure to say something. Base officials say it takes the work of the entire community to make sure there are no problems, and to keep everyone safe.
"The community we would like to enlist them for their help as well. Because they can be just as important at staying proactive as we are and maintaining alertness," said Captain Justin Jacobs.
Jacobs wouldn't give a reason for raising the threat level except that they want to remain proactive .
In a release, the base said the change was "initiated to establish a proactive, unpredictable frequency of actions to mitigate threats to an installation and protect personnel, assets, resources and infrastructure."
"We ask the local community to enlist them as well, to lets remain proactive and remain alert. Be vigilant to anything out of the ordinary because it really is a community effort,” said
Justin Jacobs, Deputy Public Affairs Officer.
Officials also asked members of the military and their families to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
MCLB Albany released this statement: