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Terrorism Exercise Begins Monday At Fort Bragg

Posted August 15, 2005

— One of the largest anti-terrorism exercise in state and Department of Defense history gets under way Monday.

In the training scenario, a congressional delegation is kidnapped at Fort Bragg. The soldiers will try to rescue them. Then, a fake chemical weapon explodes in the area.

Officials said the realistic drills are the soldiers' best preparation for the worst.

Leaders say the drill will go on over a five-day period.

Some North Carolina congressional representatives will observe, even role-play, in the exercise. State officials will be watching as well. They will use the exercise to determine how much a response on such a grand scale would cost.

Motorists in the Fort Bragg Area could run into delays because of the training. All checkpoints will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Also, MacRidge Road will be closed from Chicken Road to Longstreet from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Military police and guards may stop you for more thorough security checks at gates all week.


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