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By Scott Schulte
Pine Bluffs Post Reporter 

Pine Bluffs residents concerned but not afraid of North Korea


August 17, 2017

Beckly Christofferson

Natalie Montgomery carries the flag during Trail Days. Montgomery is leaving next week to become a member of the Wyoming Air National Guard. She will train at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Montgomery has no fear of North Korea and is happy with President Trump's actions.

Natalie Montgomery, 18, of Pine Bluffs could hardly contain her excitement and pride when talking about the next chapter of her life. While many of her high school friends are heading to college, Montgomery is off to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

"I ship out on August 22," Montgomery said. "I'll be part of the Wyoming National Guard."

While training to become a medic tech with the Aero Medical Evacuation Squadron, looming large on any horizon is North Korea and its leader Kim Jong-Un. With the heated and ever-intensifying rhetoric between Jong-Un and President Donald Trump, some might balk at going into the military.

"I'm a little nervous," Montgomery said. "I'm ready to go. I'm proud to serve my country and represent my generation."

As far as the Jong-Un intimidation factor in Pine Bluffs, it is minute if it exists at all. Retired Air Force veteran, Chuck Radcliffe, with his decades of experience in the military, sees the North Korea situation for what it is.

"It's pretty real," Radcliffe said. "He has missiles. Our country is ready to defend itself. We have defensive systems in place."

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will take place in Pyeongchang February 9-25. This is in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, spitting distance from North Korea's leader.

Jerry Prevost is not afraid of a nuclear war, but he remains frustrated over what he saw the last presidential administrations did. It's those presidents who created this monster of the far pacific.

"Clinton gave the North Koreans plutonium and they built a nuclear reactor," Provost said. "Obama gave them millions of dollars and as recent as 2013 we knew he was making those missiles and now President Trump has to deal with the problem he didn't create."

Joyce Roth, a cashier at Sinclair Truck stop is not afraid for a few reasons.

"I have complete confidence in President Trump and our military," Roth said. "It could get ugly, but I think President Trump will finish anything that gets started."

Finally, Roth said concerning any fear of military problems against our nation, "My daughter, Lyndi, went into a missile silo and was so impressed she came home and said, 'don't worry.'"

As for Montgomery, she said, "I'm real glad President Trump is showing our country's power and he's not letting anyone push him around."


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