Well, the stop took a bit longer than I planned. About 45 seconds of picture taking cost about 45 minutes of detention.
I took a trip with the Mrs. to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to be part of the festivities and formalities of an old kid (former student) of mine becoming a major in our army.
His mom and dad have been longtime close friends, an invitation was sent, and off we went.
Fort Leavenworth is small as bases go, but more than cool in beauty, cleanliness and history. The date for the beginning of the base is 1827.
Maybe you’ve heard, if you’re bad in the military, you’ll end up in Leavenworth. And it’s true, Leavenworth is the home to the USDB – United Stated Disciplinary Barracks.
The old barracks is partly torn down and the rest has been re-purposed. But the foreboding walls and a few of the towers are still in place.
Since about 2002, the new USDB has been a place for high-risk and high-value prisoners, like Nidal Hasan, the U.S. soldier who killed many of his colleagues at Fort Hood a few years ago.
And being the highest security prison facility of the U.S. military, it seems they aren’t particularly fond of folks who somehow find themselves on the access road to the prison and decide the place is way too impressive not to get a few cell phone shots.
Less than a minute and only five shots of the facility and two, then three ... a fourth soldier came to ask a few questions. Eventually a Leavenworth policeman and two flashing squads completed the company.
“Sir, there are no pictures here, Sir did you not see the signs?” (No I did not). My inquiry, “You guys aren’t kidding are you,” was answered by something like “Sir, no sir, we are not, Sir” (maybe an exaggerated number of “Sirs”).
Anyway, about 45 minutes of license checks and car registration checks, and I don’t know what other checks, along with a bunch of questions, and phone camera checks and picture deletions ... I guess it was decided that I was what I said, a little lost.
Actually, it was pretty impressive to see the thoroughness and professionalism with which the security personnel did their jobs.
And congratulations to Cal City native Maj. Dominic Garritano on his promotion.