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Fort Bragg not on alert following Navy Yard shooting

Posted September 16, 2013 6:26 p.m. EDT

At Fort Bragg, the reaction over the deadly shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., has been muted, especially because officials believe what happened in the nation’s capital was an isolated incident.

A spokesman says Fort Bragg has not heightened security measures in response to the tragedy. However, Fort Bragg has been under heightened security for 12 years, since Sept. 11, 2001.

Before then, it was an open post. Anybody could drive anywhere on the property without security clearance.

Now, security checkpoints are set up and only those with Department of Defense identifications are allowed clear passage. Police inspect all visiting vehicles, and members of the media are always escorted by Public Affairs officials.

Officials declined Monday to discuss security, but spokesman Ben Abel says the Defense Department has so many bases that there was no need to put Fort Bragg on any kind of lockdown.