Fort Bragg Increases Security; Identification Required To Enter Post
Posted February 10, 2003 4:04 a.m. EST
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Everyone entering Fort Bragg will have to show identification at the gate, even if they are a passenger in a car with a military decal.
Fort Bragg heightened its gate security Sunday in response to the government's decision Friday to increase the national terror threat level to "high risk."
People driving onto post should be prepared for longer waits, said Gene Sexton, a spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps.
Prior to Sunday's change, only people in cars without military decals had to show identification and have their cars searched. The drivers of cars with military decals had to show identification but their passengers did not.
Now everyone entering the post will have to show identification.
"If you don't have an ID card you will not get on the installation. That's the additional protection measure here. We are going to verify everyone's identification when they come on. If it's not right, if it doesn't seem right, we'll take action. It's just another way for us to maintain vigilance," said Maj. Gary Tallman.
Random searches will be done of cars with military decals. If someone does not have identification, the car they are in will not be allowed on post.
The lines at the gates should not be as long as those following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Then, soldiers searched every car entering Fort Bragg, causing backups that were miles long.
Post officials said in a statement the change came after receiving a directive from the Department of the Army to review its protection measures.
"Fort Bragg has no particular information or indication that there is an imminent threat to the installation," according to the news release. "The installation commander determined these measures to be a prudent response to the directive to review our current posture and maintain vigilance."
Spc. Jason Irvin, one of the 45,000 personnel assigned to the post, said he does not expect a longer wait when he drives to work. He noted that there has been increased security at the gates since the Sept. 11 attacks.
"After a year of this, we're kind of used to it," he said.
As many as 40,000 vehicles pass through the gates each day.