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Press Release
November 09, 2001
Airport Security Increase
 
Salem, OR - Following President George W. Bush's announcement of additional National Guard support for airport security, The Oregon National Guard announced that Oregon would be authorized an additional 18 Guard members for this mission. The President stated that the Guard would be authorized to expand its check point security mission at airports to perform the following airport security related functions: These functions may include: security perimeter control; monitoring passenger screening check points and baggage screening gates; manning access points to terminal ramps; searching vehicles and garages; monitoring curbside activity; guarding air traffic control facilities; and maintaining control of general aviation facilities.

Major General Alexander H. Burgin, The Adjutant General for the Oregon National Guard said, " We will work with each airport authority to determine the best use of this additional man power." He went on to say, "every airport is different and will clearly have their own special needs. This is obviously a small increase, so we will need to work closely with the local security managers to insure we prioritize the utilization of our limited resources.
 
Currently the Oregon National Guard has trained and deployed 59 Guardsmen at 7 airports. Portland Airport has 27, Eugene Airport has 6, Medford Airport has 6, Redmond Airport has 6, Klamath Falls Airport has 3, Pendleton Airport has 3 and North Bend Airport has 3 and we have 5 personnel in support missions.
 
For more information contact:
 
Kay Fristad
Cell: (503) 931-5179