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Security increased at Fort Lee and other military bases

FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - For the first time since 9/11, there is a significant change in security measures at Fort Lee.

The post, near Petersburg, joined all Department of Defense installations in moving the readiness alert up to Bravo, which is level three out of five.

Visitors and personnel are having to deal with a delay getting onto the base, which has a population of nearly 40-thousand.

One army wife said it's a normal way of life for military families.

But one day after finding out Osama bin Laden was dead, she expected even tighter security.

A line of cars stretched outside the Fort Lee security checkpoint.

A welcome sight for Erica Wills.  Her husband is stationed here.

"I feel safer on Fort Lee than I would anywhere else," said Wills.

That's the idea said Fort Lee spokesman Stephen Baker.

The post received orders to increase security on Sunday before President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden.

"We have not had any indication of a direct threat against any Fort Lee soldiers, family members or civilians but their safety and security is our highest priority," said Baker.

Better to be safe than sorry, said retired firefighter Michael Brown.  He said his Navy friend trained the Virginia Beach-based Seal Team involved in the Pakistan raid.

"With turmoil going on like this even though it's good at the moment there are going to be reprisals," said Brown.

The last time the post saw level Bravo was after 9/11, when it was gradually lowered from Delta, the highest level.

Fort Lee staff asked us to not video tape the increased security tactics but from what we could see, people were asked to get out of their cars while their vehicles were thoroughly searched.

"They're just a little more picky about checking the I'd's, a little more thorough checking your tags," said Wills.

Wills said she has her I.D. ready at all times.

 "A normal way of life," said Wills.

Baker said it is business as usual, despite the delays. 

The post will remain at level Bravo until further notice. 

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