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The U.S. European Command on Tuesday increased the force protection level for all 93 countries under its control to Charlie, second highest of the four levels.

“The change was not tied to any specific event,” said Navy Lt. Commander Rick Haupt, a EUCOM spokesman.

“A variety of factors led to the protection posture change,” he said. “The communities are always analyzed for safety and security, and it was determined, because of recent events, that a change in the posture was warranted.”

Specifics on changes in force protection are not discussed as a matter of policy, according to Haupt. However, various military installations beefed up security by having personnel wear heavier protection gear and carry more weaponry, and by increasing vehicle inspections.

Because of the increase in security measures, Haupt said delays should be expected when entering bases. He also said local commanders could issue guidelines changing times for arrival or departure from bases, including such things as work hours.

Marjorie Burrell, a U.S. Army Europe spokesperson, advised community members to maintain proper control of ID cards and to keep them handy to speed up entrance to military installations.

“Our security is our first priority,” added 2nd Lt. Uriah Orland, spokesman for the 469th Air Base Group at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, in explaining the change in force-protection level.

“Based on the country’s current stance, these measures are put up to protect our people — civilian as well as military.”

For updates on force protection conditions, community members are advised to see the EUCOM Web page at www.eucom.mil.

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