MCLB raising security level

MCLB-ALBANY — With the anniversary of 9/11 coming up on Sunday, the United States military is being put on closer watch.

In light of such events, Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany is increasing its Force Protection Condition (FPCON) to Bravo.

“This means that individuals coming aboard the base should be aware that they may have longer waits at the entrances to the base due to random vehicle searches,” said 1st Lt. Kyle Thomas, public affairs officer at MCLB-Albany. “People should not be alarmed due to the fact that this has only been initiated because of the anniversary, not because there has been any information indicating a threat.”

There are five security levels. They are, from lowest to greatest: Normal, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.

Immediately following the 9/11 attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, MCLB was placed on Delta alert. At the time, officials could not say whether it had been placed that high before.

A statement was also recently released by the U.S. Marine Forces Northern Command (NORTHCOM) regarding the heightened security.

“U.S. Northern Command is responsible for setting the baseline force protection conditions for Department of Defense installations, facilities and units within the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility (which includes North America),” the statement read. “These FPCONS outline specific actions that each installation must take in relation to protecting its personnel and resources.

“While installation/facility commanders have some local leeway in the actions that are taken, they must meet the minimum baseline FPCON. The specific FPCON may vary across the area of responsibility and is not linked to the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory System level.”

There has been no definite timetable given regarding how long the increased security level might last. More than likely, it will be changed when notification is received from NORTHCOM, Thomas said.