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Protecting MCLB: Physical Security personnel safeguards base

By Pamela Jackson, Public Affairs Specialist | | October 7, 2010

Editor’s note: This is the second article of a four-part series on Protecting MCLB.

Security is paramount aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

One of the departments responsible for protecting all aspects of the installation is Physical Security, which is critical for the prevention of threats when security procedures and preventive measures are ignored or bypassed.

“We study criminal and terrorist methodologies in order to counter perceived threats, providing increased security for the base,” said Larry Dillard, physical security supervisor, Public Safety Division, MCLB Albany. “Our primary role is to safeguard the base and personnel against terrorism, sabotage, theft and abuse. It is one of the command’s primary responsibilities.”

He said his office works closely with an anti-terrorism analyst to ensure the base is secure for the protection of personnel, documents and equipment used to support overseas contingencies and local operations.

“We have several ongoing projects, such as the projected commercial vehicle entrance gate on Mock Road, which will eventually be moved from Fleming Road, providing greater flexibility and separate commercial vehicles from privately owned vehicle traffic,” Dillard said. “This will help alleviate some of the traffic congestion on Fleming Road and improve overall security.”

Dillard’s office investigates possible threats to the base from surrounding areas, communities and around the world.

“One example of things we look for is an event like the Fort Hood shooting case where a gunman was able to bring weapons on the base and how we can prevent that from happening here,” he said. “We look at the big picture.”

According to Marine Corps Order 5530.14A, Marine Corps Physical Security Program Manual, physical security is the utilization of active and passive security measures and management protocol designed to prevent unauthorized access to personnel, equipment, material, documents, and safeguards against espionage, sabotage, acts of terrorism, damage and theft.

Physical security is an integral part of all force protection, anti-terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, safety, fire, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosives and crime prevention programs.

Dillard said physical security also encompasses the mass notification system.

“The MNS can be heard in certain buildings and outside areas of the base so we can get information out quickly during an exercise, building evacuation or other emergency,” Dillard said. “Security upgrades include the installation of automated access control systems throughout the base which will require personnel to use their common access cards for entry into the facility.”

John Riley, services officer, Marine Corps Police Department, MCLB Albany, said the physical security section, is made up of veteran police officers and military retirees, selected for their many years of experience by the command.

“It is incumbent upon everyone to do their part to keep the base safe and report anything they see out of the ordinary,” he said. “The projects that physical security oversees are lynch pins to the safety and security of personnel at MCLB Albany.”

His office is responsible for the installation and maintenance of those access control systems, currently installed on the exterior doors to Buildings 3500 and 3700, as well as the entrance to the Marine Corps Logistics Command executive offices, he added.

“We are also responsible for alarm and intrusion detection systems in critical areas, key and lock programs for entrance doors and security containers for critical assets,” he said. “We are also involved in the construction review process by reviewing each project to ensure physical security and anti-terrorism standards are being addressed and there are no security issues or interference with measures already in place.”

Physical security regulations must be adhered to when aboard the installation, Dillard advised.

“We want residents, personnel and visitors to remember all firearms that are brought aboard the base for recreational purposes must be registered with the Pass and ID section,” he said. “Weapons not properly registered are subject to seizure. We do conduct random searches, so know the rules.”

Dillard stressed he wants everyone to remain vigilant and report all suspicious activities in or around the base to the Marine Corps Police Department at (229) 639-5181 or 639-5182.