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President Bush To Have Lunch With Troops, Announce New Foreign Anti-Terrorism Policy During Fort Bragg Visit

Posted March 14, 2002

— President George W. Bush is coming to Fayetteville and Fort Bragg on Friday, where he plans to announce a new foreign policy on anti-terrorism.

Members of the White House logistics team are in Fayetteville planning for the President's visit. A rally is being planned for President Bush at the Cumberland County arena complex Friday morning.

The rally will be followed by a possible tour at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, which opens a 50th anniversary exhibit on Special Forces.

President Bush is also coming to have lunch with the troops and thank them for their efforts in the war on terrorism.

There are about 4,800 seats available in the arena. Local business leaders said that the White House is in charge of distributing tickets for the President's rally. Tickets will go mainly to military personnel.

However, officials claim the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is getting 200 tickets, but they said that they have had thousands of requests.

"As a member of the Armed Forces committee, it's particularly exciting to know that our Commander in Chief cares enough to come here and show the cream of the crop of America's military and his appreciation for what they do every single day," said Rep. Mike McIntyre.

Bush's stop is especially exciting for Rev. Kenneth Hill of the North Ramsey Street Church of God. His brother worked for the first President Bush administration as undersecretary for Housing and Urban Development. Now, he has been told he will somehow be a part of this visit.

"Now to be able to meet his son, the President of the United States, coming to the community I live in, it's exciting for me and my family," Hill said.

Fort Bragg Chief Warrant Officer

Stan Harriman

died when he was hit by enemy fire. His wife, Sheila, has told WRAL that she will be meeting with the President.

Harriman also said that she has received hundreds of calls from people asking where to send letters and cards.

Condolences can be sent to:

The Harriman Family c/o Arran Lake Baptist Church 1130 Bingham Drive Fayetteville, NC 28314

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Special Operations soldiers in November to offer support to the soldiers and their families during the war on terrorism.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton visited injured soldiers at Womack Army Medical Center after 24 soldiers were killed and 100 more soldiers were injured when two planes collided in the air at Pope Air Force Base.


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