St. Louis Public Radio News
2:32 pm
Fri January 31, 2003

Ill. National Guard Will Watch Scott AFB

St. Louis, Mo. – For the first time in the history of the U.S. Air Force, the Illinois National Guard will offer security assistance at Scott Air Force Base.

Beginning February 10th, about 80 soldiers will help with entry control, anti-terrorism measures and base security patrols at Scott.

Spokesman Lieutenant Jonathan Friedman says it's a unique arrangement. "The Army and Air Force recently signed an agreement calling for the Army to assist while the Air Force works to build its security forces up," said Friedman. "It's going to be a great opportunity because not only will they gain the additional manpower but they'll bring a benefit of wealth and experience from their military and civilian backgrounds."

The Illinois National Guard members are among 10,000 Army Reserve and National Guard members that are being mobilized to provide security at Air Force bases worldwide.