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Rumsfeld to Get Firsthand Look at Bragg

By Sgt. 1st Class Kathleen T. Rhem, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2001 – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will visit the Army's Fort Bragg, N.C., the day before Thanksgiving.

Rumsfeld will observe demonstrations of special operations capabilities and receive a special operations update from Air Force Gen. Charles R. Holland, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command based at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Fort Bragg is home to the largest concentration of special operations forces service members in the American military.

The secretary will also visit with some of Fort Bragg's 42,000 soldiers. "We're always looking for an opportunity to point out just what an incredible role these people play," Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke told reporters Nov. 19.

Rumsfeld also mentioned the trip during his Pentagon briefing today. He is going to Fort Bragg to salute this quick, resourceful and powerful part of our campaign (against terrorism), he said, referring to the special operations forces based there.

Fort Bragg is home to the Army's 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. This is Rumsfeld's first visit to the post during this stint as Defense Secretary, Defense officials said.

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