JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - For troops at Joint Base Lewis McChord, it is business as usual despite the dramatic developments overnight.
Security was increased at the base after the announcement that a U.S. military operation killed Osama bin Ladin. Security went up a notch, from alpha to bravo level.
It won’t be a huge difference, just tighter security measures, especially at the entrance gate. Those going onto the base are being warned of possible back-ups.
Just outside one of the base entrances a lone patriot stood in the cold rain, waving a huge American flag. Veteran Carroll Fisher arrived around 8:30 in the morning.
“I felt it important to be here to show support for our troops and celebrate the death of Osama bin Ladin,” Fisher said.
A small group gathered at the “Freedom Bridge” over Interstate 5 just after the announcement of bin Laden’s death. The bridge has become a go-to spot for troop supporters since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
But on Monday morning no one showed up until Fisher arrived.
“That disgusts me,” Fisher said. “Now is the time where we should be standing together here to show our support and honor those troops who have died during the past 10 years.”
Fisher planned to stay at the bridge for a s long as he could stand the cold. Since he arrived, drivers beneath the bridge were showing their support by honking and waving at the flag-bearing veteran.