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Military Bases Alert For Terrorist Activity

April 15, 1986

Undated (AP) _ Some military bases around the United States reported heightened security Tuesday after the bombing of Libya raised the possibility of terrorist attacks.

Traffic entering Fort Gordon near Augusta, Ga., was being checked, a departure from normal operations, but the base was not closed, said Army spokesman Capt. Ron Williams.

″We’re not turning anybody away,″ Williams said.

″We have increased security in recent weeks and that increased security remains in effect,″ said Cmdr. Dugald Gillies of the Charleston Navy Base in South Carolina. ″There are increased security checks at the gates and I can’t really provide any additional information as far as security measures.″

Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said Monday that U.S. installations around the world had been placed on alert for possible retaliation by terrorists because of the U.S. attack.

But Gillies said that ″when the word alert is used there might be a perception that all leaves are canceled. What is being said is there’s an increased security awareness in regards to possible terrorism.″

At the Charleston Air Force Base, Capt. Ruth Borden said that ″basically we’re not making any comments about specific security measures.″

And at the Parris Island Marine Corps Base, Lt. Judy Webster said ″the one thing we’re doing is not talking about security.″

F.E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyene, Wyo., selected to house the nation’s MX missiles, did not alter its security standards because of the attack on Libya, a spokesman said.

″The Strategic Air Command continuously evaluates threats to its installations and updates and refines security procedures accordingly as a matter of policy,″ said Master Sgt. Clem Mewmaw.

Measures planned or taken at Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, Ariz., included more frequent security checks of sensitive areas and increased checking of identification of people entering the base, said Lt. Col. Rich Delgado.

″I will not tell you anything we are specifically doing, except to say we are complying with the direction,″ said Paul Stoll, a spokesman for the Army’s Information Systems Command, headquartered at Fort Huachuca.

In Oklahoma, Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Altus Air Force Base in Altus, and the Army base at Fort Sill all reported extra security, which included reticence in answering reporters’ questions.

″As a matter of policy, we do not speculate or discuss what measures might be taken in response to a terrorist situation,″ said Bill Hall, public affairs specialist at Tinker.

″All we can say right now is we are on alert. Security is tight,″ said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kevin Hron at Altus.

″About the only thing happening at Fort Sill is we’ve increased security a little bit but I can’t go into that,″ said spokeswoman Sheila Samples.

Grissom Air Force Base near Peru, Ind., was ″basically ready to go to an alert status if anything happenes,″ said Capt. Robert J. Maddox, a spokesman for the wing commander’s office at the base.

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