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Military officials react to bin Laden's death

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Local soldiers and retired veterans are relieved that the hard efforts troops have been doing to fight the war on terror for the past decade is finally yielding positive results.

"My initial reaction is a great sense of gratification," said Guam Army National Guard   Adjutant General Major General Benny Paulino. He reacts to the news of Osama bin Laden's death, saying, "All that work, all that preparation, all that effort to ensure our people are trained and ready to respond to the war on terrorism, that great sense of gratification that we accomplished this objective which again was to hunt down Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice."

Guam Army National Guard's Lt. Colonel Joe Limtiaco was deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, and said, "At the time the war was starting to get really hot in the area, I was in the southern province, so a lot of fighting going on there...I think its good news for us, it's a small victory of the war that we are prosecuting there in Afghanistan."

Retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Bill Cundiff echoes those sentiments, saying, "Justice has been served and right now as a military man I am so proud that our men and women did that. He thought he could run, but there's no way in hell he can hide, war is hell."   

Following the announcement of bin Laden's death, Department of Defense installations were all given a direct order to raise their threat level from Alpha to Bravo. Bravo is the third highest United States terror alert rating, which includes Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.

"That's standard procedures, when something major happens, you always have to be prepared for any possible retaliations," said Paulino. "I'm sure as soon as bin Laden's followers find out they are probably going to be planning for a counteraction move towards the us and its citizens so we have to step up our security measures."

Paulino adds he does not feel bin Laden's death will change any plans for a major deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. He says the military still has a mission to ensure the transition of the afghan government is a peaceful one.

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