Gov. Bob Riley greeted and thanked the Alabama National Guard Troops protecting the state's airports during brief stops in Birmingham and Mobile Wednesday.
During a stop at the Birmingham International Airport, Riley handed out decorated gift bags of chocolate fudge made by First Lady Patsy Riley.
The governor said the first lady couldn't join him on this visit.
The governor asked the troops if they needed anything or if they were leaving children at home while they protected the airport. He reiterated that Americans should go about their daily activities just as they would normally do, and "if it takes having additional forces at times of this alert, so be it, our lifestyle and quality of life is something we need to protect and are going to.''
National guard troops began patrolling the airports when the national terror alert status was upgraded from yellow to orange.