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Camp Lejeune Re-Activates Anti-Terrorism Brigade

Posted October 29, 2001 5:17 a.m. EST

— Camp Lejeune has a special anti-terrorism brigade, the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. The 4,800-member unit was reactivated Monday.

The Marines hope the presence of the brigade will help Americans feel more secure. The brigade is trained to find potential terrorist threats, prevent them and react.

"It's going to be a very intelligence-intensive function. We can identify those threatening individuals and eliminate them. By eliminating them, I mean, eliminate the threat -- make it not only difficult to come after the facilities that we are to protect, but the citizens and individuals we are supposed to protect," said Brig. Gen. Douglas O'Dell, commander general of the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

The unit hopes to be in full operation by Dec. 1.