Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is asking navy personnel to keep away from the east gate of the bottom throughout commuting hours, after heightened safety measures led to a miles-long backup on Interstate 15 Monday morning, a base spokesman informed the Union-Tribune.
Navy installations nationwide are on alert as tensions soar with Iran within the wake of the U.S. assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani Thursday. Iran’s leaders have since threatened to take “revenge” on the U.S. navy.
U.S. Northern Command, which coordinates protection efforts throughout North America, ordered all navy installations to extend pressure safety measures, a spokesman stated Monday.
Marine Capt. Matthew Gregory, a spokesman for MCAS Miramar, stated his commute — usually 15 minutes — was greater than an hour Monday.
The Marines are asking all navy personnel engaged on base to make use of the north and west gates, as an alternative of the favored east gate.
Native bases, together with Miramar, additionally introduced an finish to their “Trusted Traveler” packages, which Gregory stated had allowed non-Protection Division guests to come back on base as company of service members.
Now these individuals must go to the east gate customer heart for a background test. As soon as they move, they’ll be issued a 24-hour move, after which they may want one other background test, Gregory stated.
Gregory stated the choice to finish this system complies with the brand new safety measures.
An analogous discover was posted Saturday on the Fb web page of Naval Base San Diego.
Site visitors complications round San Diego-area bases had been reported all through the county Monday morning as a result of elevated safety protocols. Installations with vital backups included MCAS Miramar, the San Luis gate at Camp Pendleton and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge heading into Naval Air Station North Island.
Navy officers declined to say when and if the elevated base safety measures will finish.
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