Security level raised at all U.S. military bases

Security level raised at all U.S. military bases

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The U.S. military raises the security level at all military bases across the country, including the Jackson Barracks in New Orleans and the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station.

The Pentagon calls the level "Force Protection Bravo" based on a predictable threat of terrorism.

CNN reports that U.S. bases generally haven't been at that level since the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The increased security measures could mean more entry checks and random drill exercises.

Belle Chasse Naval Air Station spokesman Andrew Thomas tells FOX 8 News that while there will be more scrutiny of visitors entering the base,  strict security measures are always in place.

Col. Pete Schneider with the Louisiana National Guard says they are not planning any significant changes at Jackson Barracks, Camp Villere in Slidell, Camp Beauregard in Pineville, or Camp Minden in Minden, but bases may increase the frequency of roving patrols.

Army Col. Steve Warren says the increase was not triggered by a specific event, but rather a generally heightened threat environment, including the recent terror threat and attempted attack surrounding a provocative cartoon contest in Texas. At the time, the terror group ISIS released that it has many followers in the U.S. ready to launch attacks.

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