Ft. Riley, Kansas

Date Submitted: 09/06/2011
Author Info: Lance (Manhattan, Kansas - USA) 
Occupation: Sales/Marketing/Advertising
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: No

I was on post at Ft. Riley (Kansas) as a civilian contractor. I had heard the reports on the radio between account calls, and had made my way into one of the AAFES Shoppettes. I was busy doing an inventory of my stock, and looking at business opportunities. I was approached by an MP who asked me who I was, and what I was doing there. I stepped towards him to introduce myself, and he told me to step back, gather my items, and leave. I did so immediately as he had his hand on his weapon. By the time I got to the East gate of the post, the traffic was backed up for miles, and the entrance was manned by about 50 soldiers. I have never felt so threatened and secure all at once. I remember looking at the faces of those young men and women of the armed forces over the next several months and years, and thanking God that they are willing to do what they do. God bless the men and women who have come to our defense due to the events of that day.


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