Going for It: Guitar Man

Dangerous deployments

I was away in Virginia for the last week or so working on my first project as a lead engineer at my network engineering job.  I have worked on projects in the past.  I have shadowed other engineers or worked on small projects that didn't require going out to the customer's site.  I have also worked on several pre-sales engineering engagements where I went with sales folks to sites and answered whatever technical questions they had.

This was the first time there was a post-sales project and I was the main engineer running it all.  We installed a wireless system into a military warehouse. I won't give away the details on which branch of the military or where exactly it was located, but I will tell you that it was kind of crazy. The stories I heard while out there about the security they have when the warehouse is full shocked me. 

Since there are some sensitive things that get stored there on occasion, they said that they would put up 50-caliber machine gun nests that were designed to take out vehicles near the facility that don't stop when they are supposed to stop.  In fact, they told me that a few years ago, an enlisted man was late for formation and when he didn't stop, they took out his engine block and his car ended up in a ditch.  
 
Luckily while I was there, there wasn't anything being stored.  There was still a lot of security and I needed an escort at all times, but no guns took out my car as I drove in.

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Jeff Kuehn

 |  November 3, 2010; 6:06 AM ET  |  Category:  Misc Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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