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52 N.C. Reservists Called To Duty; Bush Takes Steps To Make Holiday Travel Safer

Posted November 12, 2001

— Fifty-two members of the Army National Guard are the first North Carolina reservists called to fight the war against terrorism.

Men and women from the 139th Rear Operations Center were deployed at a ceremony Sunday. Many of the soldiers also served in Operation Desert Storm.

The soldiers will report to Fort Bragg Monday morning. They do not know where else they might be sent, but they expect to be gone at least a year.

President George W. Bush is also taking steps to make holiday travel safer and ease fears.

Bush decided to increase the presence of the National Guard at airports across the country. He is giving states more federal money to do so. He said the additional troops would be called up immediately.

It is not clear yet how those additional troops will be used at RDU International.

A spokeswoman said the airport has not received any guidance yet from the White House or the governor's office, but she said the airport could use the additional help.

Congress has not been able to agree on whether to federalize airport security workers.

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