SAN DIEGO -- Some military bases in San Diego County have instituted heightened security measures and warned of increased entry gate delays, according to base Twitter posts.
MCAS Miramar sent out a notice on Twitter Saturday reporting increased entry gate delays "Travelers can expect delays at all entry points across MCAS Miramar," the Twitter notice said. "Base law enforcement will be conducting 100 percent ID checks of all individuals. Please have IDs ready. Travelers should also expect an increase in vehicle inspections."
NOTICE: Increased entry gate delays.
Travelers can expect delays at all entry points across @MCASMiramarCA
Base law enforcement will be conducting 100% ID checks of all individuals. Please have IDs ready. Travelers should also expect an increase in vehicle inspections. pic.twitter.com/o99rib9tDX
— MCAS Miramar (@MCASMiramarCA) January 5, 2020
MCAS Miramar added Monday that its traveler program was discontinued and said those trying to visit the base would need to pass a background check in order to obtain a visitor pass.
NOTICE: @MCASMiramarCA’s trusted traveler program has been discontinued. All personnel, or guests, without a DoD issued ID or valid DBids card must head to the east gate visitor center for access. A 1-day pass will be issued for guests after completion of a background check. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/iaIKPrZVz8
— MCAS Miramar (@MCASMiramarCA) January 6, 2020
Camp Pendleton posted a similar message on Twitter Saturday, warning of increased entry gate delays and asking everyone entering the base to have IDs ready and that all IDs will be checked. "Due to these security measures, travelers will experience longer wait times when entering the installation," the Camp Pendleton Twitter post said.
Travelers can expect delays & increased wait times at all entry points across Camp Pendleton.
Law enforcement personnel will conduct 100% ID checks of all individuals. Travelers should also expect increased vehicle inspections.https://t.co/mkzg2ht7zZ pic.twitter.com/0OlB12k4qU
— Camp Pendleton (@MCIWPendletonCA) January 5, 2020
Friday evening, Naval Base Point Loma implemented additional security measures. "Those driving onto base can expect delays at the gates as our security team conduct 100% ID checks for all personnel," the naval base's Twitter statement said. "Please allow for additional time to get on base to allow for these required security measures."
The escorting of adult visitors is suspended for all base users, the statement continued. "All personnel without normal access to the base will be required to be vetted at the Pass Office during normal working hours only.
"Please ensure you have two forms of ID to expedite the vetting process. Normally, this information should be provided at least three work days before the visit. Call 619-553-8978 for more information."
Base personnel were asked to report any suspicious activity to Naval Base Point Loma security forces at 619-553-9870 for non-emergencies or 911 for an emergency.
The measures follow rising tensions in the Middle East after an American drone killed a top Iranian general, although there is no mention in the Twitter posts linking the heightened security to mounting hostilities. Base officials were unavailable for comment.