Guardsmen posted at Alaska airports

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

ANCHORAGE -- National Guard troops began providing added security at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Valdez on Monday. About nine guardsmen will be assigned to augment security at the Juneau Airport, probably on Thursday, said Guard spokesman Maj. Mike Haller.

Soldiers from the Army National Guard also will be posted to supplement existing security at 17 other airports by Friday, the guard said. They'll be in the terminal an hour before and an hour after each flight, Haller said.

About 230 members of the National Guard were activated in Alaska after President Bush asked states to provide temporary security at the nation's airports. They are expected to be activated for four to six months, the guard said.

The mobilization is expected to cost about $14 million, which will be reimbursed by the federal government, Haller said.

Troops received four days of training from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Alaska State Troopers before taking their assignment. They will receive additional training while providing security, the guard said.



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