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Military Bases On Security Alert

Coast military bases remain under increased alert.

The facilities tightened security Tuesday morning, as news of the terrorist attack was still breaking.  The extra precautions called for exercising patience at the gates.

Late morning outside Keesler's main gate found a line of cars moving slowly through the security checkpoint. As news of the terrorist attack was still breaking, guards at the front gate were checking military ID's under "Force Protection Charlier."

Those without proper paperwork found themselves checking in at the visitors center.  We got a dose of the extra security after apparently getting a little too close to the checkpoint. A security guard directed our news crew to the visitors center.

"You can't start filming here, OK? This is still considered the installation. You have to wait for public affairs."

"How far can we go?"

"You can't start filming on this base at all, you're just going to have to wait for public affairs," said the calm, but direct security guard.

A visit to the Pass Road Keesler gate found similar vehicle stops and guards searching trunks and the back seats of vehicles. The growing line of cars on Pass Road was evidence of the more deliberate security stops.

A similar checkpoint was up and running at the Seabee Base in Gulfport. Military guards asked for IDs and surveyed every approaching vehicle.

Military traffic only was allowed near the Air National Guard base. Gulfport police helped steer traffic away from Hewes Avenue. Police are assisting the bases with security and traffic control.

"So, we're just going to be here to support people across the country and especially here in Gulfport to ensure that our federal facilities are safe and that our other locations are secure," Alfred Sexton with the Gulfport Police Department said.

The guards went through the repetitive drill of checking vehicles and IDs, waiting for word of even tighter security levels.

By Steve Phillips

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