HONOLULU, HAWAII – With the Sunday, May 1, announcement by President Obama and U.S. military officials that after a firefight with U.S. forces, Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy Seals and buried at sea, the threat warning level at military bases in Hawaii has been raised to “Bravo.”
Bravo is the third highest United States terror alert rating that includes Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.
Hawaii bases join other military facilities around the country under the elevated Force Protection Condition (FPCON) warning level rating.
In Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Shafter are among the military facilities that are under closer scrutiny, and that could mean longer waits for those accessing military bases here.
Longer waits could also be at airports in Hawaii and throughout the United States.
The U.S. Department of State announced that U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should be aware of “enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counter-terrorism activity in Pakistan.”
The department added: “Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations. U.S. citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times. This Travel Alert expires August 1, 2011.“
The U.S. travel alert also notes U.S. Embassy operations and U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert.
“These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens abroad are urged to monitor the local news and maintain contact with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.”
Travel information is also available at www.travel.state.gov. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.