I just stumbled across this article (link above) and had to share it. Although I was not inside the inprocessing center at that time, I will never forget that day.
I was stationed at Fort Hood, TX from 2004-2010. On this day and jusr 10 minutes prior to the incident I was just about to head over to the center to get my shots. My battle buddy had asked me right before I was head down there if she could get a ride home. I told her I would and decided that I could wait one more day. As we were headed off post to go home there was a sudden halt in traffic. I was so irritated and wondering why it was taking so damn long to leave post. That’s when we had found out what had happened. All traffic was being held and no one was leaving. My kids could not be picked up from after school care because and the caregivers were staying late to watch them. We were not leaving until all was clear. Little did we know that just 10 min ago there was a mass shooting just a few miles from where we worked. It was literally just down the street. By the time we got home it was dark outside. It was all over the news. People were dead. What the hell just happened.
No, I wasn’t there. Yes, i could have been just 10 min prior. A favor saved me. But, I will still never forget how our worlds changed that day 9 years ago.