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Reaction to the news that North Korea might test a long-range missile met with heightened concern among some servicemembers on the peninsula and their families back in the States. Others, however, say they aren’t worried.

The U.S. Navy on Wednesday positioned two guided-missile destroyers off the coast of North Korea to detect and track any launch. The ships, the USS Curtis Wilbur and USS Fitzgerald, are both out of Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan.

Pfc. Daniel Lucey of the 2nd Infantry Division’s intelligence section at Camp Red Cloud says he has studied South Korea’s postwar history and kept an eye on Korean events while at advanced individual training.

“This is a little scary, absolutely; I’m not going to lie to you,” Lucey said. Aside from the missile threat, the possibility of open hostilities is “ever-present in the back of my mind.”

Others at Camp Red Cloud said they’d never discussed the situation until questioned about it Wednesday afternoon.

“If it’s not on SportsCenter, I’m not going to watch it,” said Spc. Travis Craven of the Special Troops Battalion headquarters company. “You hear (saber-rattling) all the time. Why worry and have all this anxiety all the time when it never happens? If it does happen, then we’ll react.”

At Osan Air Base, south of Seoul, airmen said they were following the story, and some had shared concerns with their families back home.

News reports stating that the Taepodong-2 missile could reach the United States have had an effect on Staff Sgt. Charles Cooper, for instance.

“I’m greatly concerned about the safety of my family and friends” back home, said Cooper, an intelligence analyst with Osan’s 607th Intelligence Squadron. “I pay close attention anytime information pops up on the television, and I want to make sure that that information I’m hearing — open source — pushes me to work just a little bit harder.”

Senior Airman Keith Vigneault, logistics specialist with the 607th Combat Operations Squadron, said he keeps up with news reports but hasn’t focused on it much. Nevertheless, his mother and grandmother have expressed their worries.

Vigneault says that his grandmother told him: “We’ll pray for you. Look out.”

Sgt. Maj. Dennis Bratton of 2nd ID’s logistics section is no stranger to North Korean brinkmanship. He’s served three tours in South Korea.

“My perception is that they just want a little attention,” Bratton said. “I’m not really worried about it. We’re all soldiers and we execute our mission anyway … we’re not going to turn tail and run.”

Staff Sgt. Benny Craddock of 2nd ID’s personnel section, says the news hasn’t heightened his anxiety — at least not yet.

“We heard about it on TV and talk about it a little at the table … some think North Korea knows what it’s doing, and it’s just a front,” Craddock said.

U.S. Forces Korea officials declined comment on the situation and referred all queries to the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington.

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