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President to visit Fort Bragg

Posted May 16, 2008

— President George W. Bush will return to Fort Bragg next week to address troops during All American Week, the White House said Friday.

Bush will deliver a speech to members of the 82nd Airborne Division and tour the post next Thursday, officials said.

The visit marks Bush's fourth trip to Bragg during his administration. The last visit came on July 4, 2006.

Fort Bragg's All American celebration was canceled last year because all four of the 82nd's combat brigades and its headquarters unit were deployed.

This year, the annual Fort Bragg celebration of troops begins early Monday with the Division Run.

Members of the 82nd Airborne will run on Longstreet Road singing cadence and accompanied by the division All American Band and ceremonial cannons.

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth O. Preston, Maj. Gen. David M. Rodriguez and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Capel will lead the 16,000 paratroopers on the four-mile run.

The public is invited to watch the run, which begins at 6 a.m.

Parking is available near the Lee and Callahan physical fitness centers off Reilly Street and off Butner Road in the Old Division Area.

The division is known as the All-American Division because when it was formed in World War I, it had members from all 48 states. The nickname led to the design of the unit's famous shoulder patch, with twin letters "A" on it.


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  • downtownbrown May 16, 2008

    "He has convictions and he has not buckled to these Democrats to run and surrender to the terrorists. I wish we had somebody running right now that I could be sure wouldn't buckle to the Democrats because they are not going to stop their treasonous behavior until we are defeated and the terrorists win."

    And who do you mean by "the terrorists"? The Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka are terrorists. Are we fighting them? Are we fighting the Maoist Shining Path in Peru? No, we are fighting al-Qaeda, the ones who orchestrated attacks on our soil. Waging a global war on terror is stupid. Bush is stupid for thinking that he could begin the eradication of terrorism worldwide. The world immediately saw his true intentions when he invaded Iraq. He didn't want to destroy al-Qaeda, he wanted to dominate the entire region. Heck, his cronies wanted to assert domination over the entire world. Winning the Cold War really got to their heads.

  • davidgnews May 16, 2008

    God bless gsmith275492 and thanks for your service.

  • Timtooltime May 16, 2008

    Running to the Wall next weekend! Hopefully he will be on his ranch with his true allance to the Saudia's and not Americans ! January can't come to soon ! I pray he does not start any more personal wars with other countries ! God Bless The U.S.A. !

  • 5-113 FA Retired May 16, 2008

    NCcarguy Schazzam! Here's some real news: I AM one of the brave soldiers who went over to the largest litter box in the world. Let it be known for the record, I do NOT aspire in any way to ever think Bush "understands" ANY truth. I took the oath to obey the orders of the cdr-n-chief but thank God it says nothing about believing he is of sound mind. It's no suprise repubs were jaded into believing 9-11 and Iraq were associated. There needed to be some mystical substance to convince you he and he alone was right. There is no cure for his chronic insanity.

  • APO75 May 16, 2008

    Great President that won't get the respect he's due until well after his time in office is done!
    May 16, 2008 12:10 p.m.
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    Boy, I can hardly wait until that day comes. It will be great to see him off to Texas or anywhere else, except in the white house. This country has lost so much respect in the world because of him.

  • davidgnews May 16, 2008

    Maybe some of you chest-thumpers should just get up and go over to Iraq and help - I'm sure it would improve the IQ of both places !

    You Bush apologists need to engage your brains and start thinking for yourselves, but obviously that's a lost cause by now.

    Before you start in on it, no, I'm not a liberal either. None of you have any real answers, you're just part of the problem and the politicians are winning.

  • mramorak May 16, 2008

    Nccarguy,George got into office because if ignorance.

  • sportie May 16, 2008

    There goes my week of moving easily through and around Ft. Bragg. I guess i will just take next Thursday off to avoid the hassle. Thanks Bush for giving me a five day holiday!!!!!!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 16, 2008

    YES there is a connection between 9/11 and Iraq! they are both connected by Muslim extremists that did, or intended to do harm to the US, or it's citizen's! and we thankfully have a president that understands that, and a LOT of brave service men and women that are willing to protect even those of you that are pulling against them from having to deal with that terror!

  • tgw May 16, 2008

    Guys-guys-what hurts so much about all of this is not only the division-but the division and the lack of respect for these with differing opinions. It is time to return to respecting other peoples opinions. We cannot continue to differ and tear each other apart. In doing this, we are tearing our country apart. I reallize as well that both sides think they are right.
    Well guess what, some of both are right. Until we can get along, respect each others opinion, and do what is right for the USA, then we are ALL IN TROUBLE.
    As my mother would say, all of you go to your rooms and be quiet until you decide that you can get along with each other.
    Sounds responable. Well friends, I close to repeating my Mother.
    PLEASE, let's try and work together to get some important stuff done for the good of all Americans.