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N.C. Military Posts Cite No Change Since Afghan Attacks

Posted October 8, 2001 3:47 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina's Army, Air Force and Marine bases are saying not much has changed Sunday since American and British forces launched assaults on Afghanistan.

Spokesmen at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg say their security precautions have not changed.

A spokeswoman at Pope Air Force Base says the security level was increased after the attacks.

Capt. Tina MacDonald says there have been no new demands Sunday for the fuel-tanker and ground-attack planes based at the base. MacDonald says the Cumberland County base has been deploying people and aircraft since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which she cannot discuss because of security reasons.

C-130's from Pope are already in Germany for a routine mission, but could rerouted.

The next step in the war on terrorism could include sending in ground troops from Fort Bragg. Many soldiers say there are ready to serve if asked.

"We're always ready -- 18 hours or less anywhere in the world," said Sgt. Alex Remrey.

"We are very much ready. We're up to speed. We are going to go in there and do the right thing," said Sgt. Ray Smith. "At this time, the 82nd (Airborne Division) has not gotten any calls whatsoever. If and when we do, we will be very ready to do what we do."

The command post at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro says no information will be available until Monday. However, members of the 916th Air Refueling Wing from Seymore Johnson have already been called to action.

A senior Pentagon official says British and American ships fired Tomahawk cruise missiles in the attack on the Afghanistan Taliban regime.

The official says the targets are military -- aimed at first knocking out the Taliban's air defenses, which includes radar, surface-to-air missile sites and other communication sites.

Taliban training camps are also being targeted.