Fort Hood soldiers speak out on bin Laden's death

POSTED: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 4:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

FORT HOOD -- The news that America's number one enemy, Osama bin Laden, had been killed shook up America Sunday night. People all over the country came together whether it was on Facebook or Twitter or over text to share the news and celebrate.

Now, soldiers at Fort Hood are also speaking out.

Capt. Adam Weece listened in disbelief as the President announced bin Laden's death.

"When I heard President Obama speaking about it, then I said, you know, good. At last we've finally eliminated him from the system," said Capt. Weece.

Weece says this is only the beginning.

"Eliminating bin Laden was a goal, but it was just one goal out of so many. So, one person gone isn't going the change. It's not going to be a night and day change," explained Capt. Weece.

Families like Jennifer Devinny and her four children are happy to know one mission is over but fear it's not enough to bring home their loved ones.

"I have a lot of pride that he's doing something for our country, making sure that all the children are protected as well as the fathers and the moms and the grandmas. But, it is still sad that he has to still be over there," said Devinny.

The good news sparked lots of emotions on the Central Texas base.

Soldiers at Fort Hood say the new of bin Laden's death is sobering. They say they know there is still work to be done. However, they are happy Bin Laden is dead and hopeful it will bring some closure to families of 9/11 victims.

Spc. Jeffery Yaggi deployed right after 9/11. He says it's a relief to know lives weren't lost in vain.

"Sometimes you wonder, you know, if your buddies are dyeing over there for no reason. So at least you know we got something out of it," said Spc. Yaggi.

Security at Fort Hood today was tighter than normal Monday. That's because the Department of Defense has raised the security level to "Bravo" at  all U.S. military bases. No word how long the extra precautions will last.

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