Missouri National Guard releases statement:
The death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a major victory for our forces in Afghanistan.
Right now our attention is focused squarely on southeast Missouri, where more than 760 Citizen Soldiers are fighting rising flood waters and have been fighting rising flood waters for the past week. We will continue our flood response operations until released by local authorities and our commander-and-chief, Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Missouri National Guard has implemented increased force protection measures at all its facilities. The increased security has been implemented today after the death of Osama bin Laden. Heightened security is indefinite and does not mean there is a threat or that any threat has been identified.
The increased force protection is Defense department-wide. The security measures were ordered by U.S. Northern Command, which is responsible for setting baseline force protection conditions for military installations in the United States.