Officials heighten security at Bragg

November 5, 2009 9:11:04 PM PST
The Fort Hood rampage has commanders at Fort Bragg taking extra security precautions, which may cause some traffic back-ups Friday morning at the post gates.Fort Bragg commanders want soldiers and those who work on post to know there could be some delays at security checkpoints over the next few days.

They're increasing security forces at all nine post gates, and stepping up random searches of all vehicles military and civilian, that go on to post. They say drivers should expect at least a 30 minute delay.

"What we are going to do as people come on to the installation we are going to check those vehicles that come through, more random and frequent basis hopefully that will take care of the security," Fort Bragg PAO Col. Bill Buckner said.

With no one really sure just what's behind the Fort Hood massacre, Bragg commanders say they are being precautious.

"It makes you sick to your stomach," Fort Bragg soldier Sgt. Terrance Pipkins said.

Fort Bragg soldiers say it is the worst kind of attack from within.

"We are not fighting a war with each other we're fighting the war over there," Fort Bragg soldier Sgt.Chris Krajeck said.

"Fort Bragg soldiers hate to say it as a soldier, but it makes me angry," Spec. Brandon Polk said.

Authorities don't think there's an immediate threat to Fort Bragg, but they say they're being vigilant none the less. They're also increasing security patrols in on post housing areas.

"I think what we are trying do, what we want to do is reassure or families Fort Bragg is doing what it needs to do to protect families," Buckner said.

There is good reason behind that caution. In 1995, Sgt. William Kreutzer opened fire on members of his 82nd Airborne unit killing one and wounding 18 others. He's serving a life sentence.

Since 9/11, the Army has conducted force protection exercises on base, simulating attacks and other emergencies.

Buckner says commanders may decide Friday afternoon to either increase or decrease security based on information they get about the Fort Hood incident.

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