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Afghanistan attack prompts evaluation of safety at Fort Bliss

Afghanistan attack prompts evaluation of safety at Fort Bliss
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POSTED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 3:52pm

The attack and murder of a two star American general at a training academy in Afghanistan is prompting military installations here in the states to take a closer look at their security.

Fort Bliss is more vulnerable than some because it's an open post, meaning almost anyone is allowed on the installation.

New Commanding General Stephen Twitty assumed command of the post on Tuesday.

He says he has no plans to change that and soldiers we spoke with say they feel safe on post.

"We need that connection with our community and so we'll continue to keep an open post, but we also have to make sure that our families and soldiers are secure as well," said Major General Twitty.

"I feel very safe living on the installation and there haven't been any issues any place we've lived. I feel very secure," added Nancy Mendoza, the wife of a Fort Bliss soldier.

Fort Bliss became an open post under during Major General Dana Pittard's tenure.

Pittard served as commander from July of 2010 through May of 2013.

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