Senior Airman Cutler Moss, 7th Security Forces Squadron leader, checks IDs while operating at Arnold Gate, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tory Patterson)

U.S. military bases are tightening their security after Iran vowed retaliation in response to the U.S. killing of top Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

In a statement sent to Task & Purpose, U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for all bases in the continental U.S. and Alaska, stated that it is "implementing additional force protection condition measures to increase security and awareness for all installations in the U.S. NORTHCOM area of responsibility."

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Tech. Sgt. Ryan Cooper, 151st Security Forces Squadron, leads a team of security forces members as they clear a building during a simulated active shooter event October 15, 2019 at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah. (U.S. Air National Guard/Tech. Sgt. John Winn)

Security measures at U.S. military bases will be increased in the wake of the deadly shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

In a message posted to Twitter, U.S. Northern Command, known as Northcom, said it has directed its installations to "immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures for their facilities."

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Soldiers deploy concertina wire in a location along the Southwest border of the United States near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Army North is deployed to the southwest border under the authority of U.S. Northern Command to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection's mission to secure the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

The head of U.S. Northern Command told lawmakers on Tuesday that he sees no military threat from foreign nationals crossing into the United States through the southern border, casting doubt on President Donal Trump's claims to a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The Department of Defense has downgraded the border mission for U.S. troops, scrapping the name "Operation Faithful Patriot" and replaced it with "border support."

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About 1,000 Marines from Camp Pendleton, California, will join the roughly 7,000 active-duty troops being deployed to the southern border, but it is unclear if any of those forces will be armed, defense officials told Task & Purpose on Friday.

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