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100 percent ID checks in effect at MCLB

MCLB-ALBANY -- A 100 percent identification card check is now in effect until the end of business today for Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany as a result of the anti-terrorism/force protection exercises taking place on the base.

"We have anti-terrorism scenarios ongoing throughout the day," said Colie Young, deputy public affairs officer at MCLB-Albany. "We are testing organizations to see how they respond to those events."

The exercises have been ongoing since Wednesday. Officials at the base say they anticipate significant traffic delays this morning on Johnson and Fleming roads around the installation. All employees reporting to work today should also expect temporary gate closures throughout the day.

These exercises are held to help keep up to snuff measures those on the base are encouraged to practice on a regular basis.

"We've asked all of our work force to be vigilant and look for unusual activity," Young said. "We do this more than annually. We want our work force to point out anything they see out of the ordinary on a regular basis."

All personnel accessing the base should have valid ID immediately available for all occupants to minimize delays. Changing traffic patterns, closed roads and delays at all gates, as well as other anti-terrorism measures, will likely occur.

A photo ID will be required. Other forms of identification may be required, depending on the force protection level in effect at the time, Young said.

Increased police, fire and rescue anti-terrorism activity should be expected basewide, which includes housing and shopping areas.