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Tighter Fort Bragg security slows traffic around post

Posted December 3, 2014

Fort Bragg

— Fort Bragg tightened up post access Wednesday morning, requiring that all vehicles be inspected and all individuals show identification.

Fort Bragg spokesman Adam Luther described the exercise as "random security checks at all gates," but he didn't say what spurred the action.

The crackdown started at about 6:30 a.m., and for a time, traffic was backed up from the Spring Lake gate all the way through town almost to the Linden Oaks development.

However, one Spring Lake resident said the backup had begun by the time he was on the road at 5:20 a.m.

"What normally takes me 10 minutes to get through Ft. Bragg stretched into almost 30 minutes," Ron DesGroseillers wrote in an email to WRAL.

On a normal day, traffic moves smoothly in and out of the post. The additional check slowed progress through all gates.

On Sunday, the FBI issued a warning to all American military personnel to be aware of intelligence that indicates ISIS is tracking individual soldiers in an attempt to identify those who may sympathize with their cause.

That comes on top of an October warning that ISIS may attempt attacks on U.S. soil against law enforcement personnel and members of the news media.

Fort Bragg representatives declined to connect the security move to the recent warning. 

"There has not been any threats made to the installation," Luther said.

By 9:30 a.m., the restriction appeared to have been lifted and traffic was moving smoothly.



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  • kermit60 Dec 5, 2014

    Doesn't hundreds of cars jamed up at the gate make a nice terrorist target?

  • mustysteer Dec 3, 2014

    Barry, I don't know where you live, but do you realize that this is being done on a secure military installation? There are global threats in existence. Maybe not to this specific post, but they are taking precautions. And I applaud them. There is no excuse why anyone should not have some form of ID. Ever since 9/11, you've had to have an ID to gain access to Ft Bragg. It's just the way it is.

  • Ronald Nunn Dec 3, 2014
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    I try to avoid driving thru Fort Bragg as much as possible. If you are not military personnel you should probably avoid it also.

  • peterk1970 Dec 3, 2014

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  • Tug Boat II Dec 3, 2014

    I’m sure that everyone has to test out their security procedures from time to time, so I’m willing to bet this will only last a day or two.

  • Jamie Young Dec 3, 2014
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    This story is full of innacuracies. I have to be at Bragg by 5:30 AM and trust me when I say the traffic problems began long before 6:30. I usually arrive at work by 5:15...this morning I got here at 6:45. The MP's weren't checking every vehicle, only every 5th or 6th and EVERYONE entering Bragg has to show proper ID to gain access EVERY day. I've been here for 22 years and this morning was as bad as I've ever seen for traffic.

  • Gene Parsons Dec 3, 2014
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    What ever it takes to keep us safe!

  • Jake Goode Dec 3, 2014
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    There is no better way to do this, so lets mess up 40k civilian's day.

  • Jake Goode Dec 3, 2014
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    This is insane. Sell back the area around the road that is our main artery and has been for 40 years.