Thursday, April 17, 2008

When exercises become real-world situations, chaos ensues.

We were having one of our silly fight-the-base exercises today, and at around four in the afternoon, traffic on base slowed down and then came to a complete stop. I had changed into civies for class and thought that it wouldn't be a big deal for me to drive from work to the education center right across the street. I drove past two lanes in the parking lot before I pulled over, parked, got out, and walked across the street. It was like a scene out of an apocalyptic movie. Cars were completely stopped , streets and parking lots and intersections.

Once in my classroom, where only six students had been able to make it so far, a co-worker told me in a knowledgeable manner that the base cops were checking IDs as people went out the gate, that it was an anti-terrorism measure in conjunction with the exercise.

And then bullshit was called.

One of the students showing up late works at the base hospital, and whatever he does involves radios. He heard over the radio that a man in officer housing had barricaded himself in his home with a gun and may or may not have taken his family hostage. Last we heard, that area of housing was locked down and residents were congregating at the Burger King next-door to the ed center as they wait to be let back into their homes.

Then another student in my class hears from her mother that there was a bomb threat at the hospital where she works as well. MADNESS has taken over this base. Rich gets off work at 4:30; it was over two hours before he finally got home.

I hope that family is alright. =/

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