Army increases security at Alaska bases

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Army in Alaska stepped up security Saturday at Fort Richardson and Fort Wainwright in response to the nation being put on heightened terrorist alert.

Army Alaska spokesman Chuck Canterbury said people trying to enter Fort Richardson can expect delays at the main gate. He said similar security measures were being implemented at Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks.

Taxis will not be allowed by Fort Richardson's main gate. Commercial delivery workers must have proper identification, Canterbury said.

Air Force officials at Elmendorf Air Force Base declined to comment on security efforts. At Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Master Sgt. Andrew Gates would say only that the base had an ''increased security awareness.''

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