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Fort Bragg Ready To Help Fight Terrorism

Posted September 17, 2001 9:49 a.m. EDT

— President Bush has made it clear that our nation's military will be asked to help in the war against terrorism. Soldiers at Fort Bragg say they are ready to go.

"We are venturing into the unknown," said Col. Roger King of the 18th Airborne Corps.

On Sunday, King said he expects Fort Bragg troops to be called into action and that they are just waiting for the call.

"We have confidence that eventually we will be given a specific mission and a time frame in which to do it and we'll put together the assets that we need to accomplish the mission." he says.

As for the nation's military reserve forces, only members of the Coast guard have been called up so far. There are plans to initially call up 35,000 troops from every branch of the armed forces and that number could grow past 50,000 even up to 100,000.

Four Chinook CH-47 helicopters carrying 32 Fort Bragg solders left for Washington, D.C. Thursday morning. The soldiers are participating in humanitarian efforts at the Pentagon. The unit's soldiers may be deployed up to 30 days.