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  •  My experience at Eaker AFB (6+ / 0-)

    I worked at the newspaper in Blytheville, AR, for a couple years in the late 1980s. That was home to Blytheville AFB, later renamed Eaker AFB.

    I had the military beat at the paper and was also staff photographer. I worked very closely with the public affairs officers and staff on the base.

    One day, I got a call from the head of the public affairs department. They wanted me to come take some photos of the B-52s lined up on the flight line for a base publication. This had approval up to the base commander.

    When my public affairs "guide" and I arrived, we took the pictures he wanted, but then we looked at the way the planes were lined up, and thought we'd go get another angle.

    We had been walking on a yellow pathway across the runways, and were supposed to stay on those.

    We told the security policeman accompanying us what we were going to do, and he said that no, we were not allowed to do that.

    "But this has approval of the base commander," I told him.

    "I understand that, sir," he told me. "But if you step off of the yellow pathway, I WILL shoot you."

    So let's just say I did NOT step off the yellow pathway that day.

    Please proceed, governor

    by Senor Unoball on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:23:21 PM PST

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