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Traffic Delays Expected As Fort Bragg Conducts Training Exercises

Posted June 24, 2002

— People who live and work near Fort Bragg have to pack a lot of patience when they hit the road this week. Soldiers are training all week, assessing Bragg's ability to deter criminal and terrorist activity. As a result, security will be tight, which means traffic delays.

On Monday, a mock demonstration was held at Fort Bragg. The demonstration was part of Orbit Comet, a semi-annual training exercise to re-evaluate the installation's ability to protect against criminal and terrorist activity.

The purpose of this week's exercise is to see if post officials are doing all they can to keep people safe.

The exercise comes just four days after a federal detention hearing for convicted felon

Antonio Olmeda

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Federal agents arrested Olmeda at the Greyhound bus station June 12 for having fireworks and ammunition in his duffel bag.

Olmeda also had several forms of fake identification and a book about snipers. According to the State Bureau of Investigation, a witness said Olmeda asked him about security on Fort Bragg, specifically whether MPs were still stationed and armed at the gates.

Fort Bragg officials said this week's force protection training is a regularly scheduled event that was planned before Olmeda's arrest.

As part of the training beginning this Wednesday, the threat condition level of the installation will be increased. Every car entering Fort Bragg will be searched. Officials said to expect traffic delays along Bragg Boulevard, Reilly Road and the All-American Expressway.

The training will take all day and into the evening, so if you have appointments on post or at the Womack Army Medical Center, allow yourself extra time.

Officials said they plan to hold another set of exercises later this fall.

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