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Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2011 11:28 pm | Updated: 1:27 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Security is up at both Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base this week in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, but the changes do not affect most protocols for accessing the bases.

At Fort Wainwright, the heightened security means there may be delays entering the base. Also, non-military visitors will need to check in at the visitor center near the front gate to attend a 9/11 remembrance tonight, the usual procedure for accessing post when there is not a public event. The 9/11 remembrance service is still open to the public.

At Eielson, the security does not change visitor protocol. Visitors still need to have business on base and check in at the visitor center, Air Force Spokesman Capt. Joost Verduyn said.

“There could be increased slowdowns at the gate, but mostly there will just be more vigilance on our part,” he said.

Like military bases across the country, both installations went up to Force Protection Bravo on Wednesday, the third highest of five security levels. The Pentagon said the security was a general precaution because of the date’s symbolic significance and not related to any specific threat.

There are no changes to security rules or delays anticipated at Fairbanks International Airport, said KC Wurtsbaugh, assistant general security director for the Travel Security Administration in Fairbanks.

“It looks like we have a typical flight load for a Sunday,” he said.

There will be more TSA employees on duty, he said.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.

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