My husband graduated basic training last year and there's this huge ceremony that lasts several days for the families. It mostly went really well!! But we happened to be there at a bad time.
I remember almost every detail because of how fucked up it was, there
were about 1,000 of us, all civilians, out in the middle of a huge
field that was easily half a mile from any kind of building. We were all
crammed into bleachers and all the graduating airmen were filing in
ahead of us and getting into formation and there's this SUPER loud music
getting pumped in to the whole stadium, very patriotic.
While the music
is playing we start noticing that secfo is running off the field, as
well as other uniformed/active duty members. I got a pit in my stomach
right there but figured I was just being silly. The moment that really
made me Want to throw up, the music stopped suddenly and we realized
that for God knows how long, in the background, there was a loudspeaker
announcing that there was active shooting on base and we needed to go
Which of course we couldn't because almost every military member
besides a few helpful off duty guys had LEFT us there, half a mile away
from the only building we knew of but we couldn't even get into it.
We were stuck there hearing this repetitive announcement and we even
watched every graduate leave. They dropped everything, including the
American flag, and SPRINTED off the lawn and we were just left there,
confused. I thought we were going to die out there to be Honest.
Everyone was freaked out. I had my baby with me and just wanted to run
for my life or hide or ANYTHING but be there, in the open, stuck.
In the end we were never in danger. There was a murder suicide on
base so the shooter was dead, but we didn't know that. Almost no one did
for awhile, to the extent that when the graduates were all filed away
and hidden, an officer had them swear in there in case something
happened and then they essentially did a fake swear in for us when they
came out a few hours later. I didn't know that until way later, a
maintaince worker in the building saw it and filmed a little and I got
to see it when I struck up a conversation at a Dunkin Donuts lol