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Robins, U.S. military bases increase security amid national threat

Because of heightened concerns about terrorist threats, Robins Air Force Base, and all domestic military bases nationwide, upgraded their threat condition status from Alpha to Bravo.

The Military Times reports Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command, raised the force protection level Friday.

The order comes after last weekend's shooting in Garland, Texas. A traffic officer shot and killed two men after they wounded a security guard.

The shooting happened outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. One of the shooters, Elton Simpson, converted to Islam and had ties to the militant group ISIS.

Force protection Bravo means added security measures inside military bases and extra scrutiny for anyone attempting to come onto the installation.

Roland Leach, Public Affairs Officer for Robins issued a statement which reads:

"In response to higher headquarters direction, Robins Air Force Base has implemented an elevated baseline Force Protection Condition. This change, which is not tied to a specific threat, was directed to ensure increased vigilance and safeguarding of all DOD personnel, installations and facilities. While we do not discuss the specific details of our security posture, individuals needing to enter Robins should anticipate the possibility of delays at the gates and plan accordingly. In addition, members of the military and civilian communities are encouraged to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement authorities."

There are five gates at Robins AFB. Visitors are screened at the Green Street, Watson Boulevard and Russell Parkway gates.


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