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Fort Bragg Increases Security; Identification Required To Enter Post

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Everyone entering Fort Bragg will haveto show identification at the gate, even if they are a passenger ina car with a military decal.

Fort Bragg heightened its gate security Sunday in response tothe government's decision Friday to increase the national terrorthreat 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 militarydecals had to show identification and have their cars searched. Thedrivers of cars with military decals had to show identification buttheir 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 followingthe Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Then, soldiers searchedevery car entering Fort Bragg, causing backups that were mileslong.

Post officials said in a statement the change came afterreceiving a directive from the Department of the Army to review itsprotection measures.

"Fort Bragg has no particular information or indication thatthere is an imminent threat to the installation," according to thenews release. "The installation commander determined thesemeasures to be a prudent response to the directive to review ourcurrent posture and maintain vigilance."

Spc. Jason Irvin, one of the 45,000 personnel assigned to thepost, said he does not expect a longer wait when he drives to work.He noted that there has been increased security at the gates sincethe 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.

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