As we sit back now and take a deep breath, more and more information is coming out about the horrific shooting at Ft. Hood Texas. As a 29 year Military Police Vet, I have a unique and pretty clear impression on how things happened and how people reacted when the gunfire erupted. I can remember back to all those days in the military, of getting up every morning and going through my normal routine as I prepared for duty each day. I have to admit, as the years rolled on and routines set in, you become somewhat oblivious to the potential each day may bring.
Each Base has its own pulse, so to speak. Even as large a Base as Ft. Hood has its own unique heartbeat that everybody, over time begins to move in time with. Nov 5, 2009 was no exception. All who work on the Base reported to duty as always, not knowing their lives were about to be changed forever. Her day started as all the rest. She awoke to the usual morning alarm. She rousted herself from her warm bed and went about her normal morning routine. This daily routine, as all the rest most likely included getting the rest of the household ready for the coming day. You know, the kids up and at ‘em, polished and fed for the morning and the sack lunches made for the upcoming school day. The daily wash maybe prepared for when she got home and the dishes put in the dishwasher. She puts on her uniform as always. She does her hair, and put her game face on. With all finished and secure at the house, she leaves for another day on patrol. Another routine day…….
She reports to the “Cop Shop” like any other day. She most likely knows what duties she has as the duty roster has indicated the day before. She reports to the Arm Room to draw her weapons and other equipment. She Bs’s with the rest of the “guys” and stands formation as always. All are briefed on the current happenings and then all are released to go about their assigned duties. Little did anyone know this little gal would be a hero at the end of the day and all their lives would be changed forever. Most likely she was the first on the scene and was then faced with the ultimate decision. Shoot or not shoot. Her decision was the correct one. She took aim with her service pistol and did what she had to do. She pulled the trigger, successfully stopping a homicidal maniac bent on killing as many soldiers as he could. Unfortunately though, she too was wounded in the firefight and went down. Fortunately for her, her aim was good and the assailant stayed down, saving many more that would have been otherwise wounded or killed.
But, she is not the only hero who took action in this terrible incident. There were so many others who also stepped up and were heroic in their actions. Fortunately, there were many Soldiers standing nearby then the shooting started and the people began to fall. Of course, the first instinct is to take cover when you hear gunfire and I am sure that’s exactly what happened. Like all good Soldiers and as they are trained, as soon as each one was able to assess their situation, began to render first aid to all those others that were wounded. Every Soldier is trained in first aid and without this training, many more would have died. Each and every man and woman who rendered this life saving first aid are by the same measure, heroes too. Had they not been there, many more would have died. We now know her name. It is Sergeant Kimberly Munley. God bless her and all who responded.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were wounded and especially to the families who lost a loved one in this tragic, senseless act.
Now, with all that being said, I want to interject what I think about this Islamic lunatic. Knowing what I know after being in the military as a Military Police Officer for 29 years, there is one very glaring inconsistency with this whole story about him not wanting to be deployed to Iraq. It is being reported that this guy counseled returning troops from the middle east battle zones. This is a “mental health” service that helps returning soldiers “decompress” from battle. Him being intimately involved and familiar with the mental health service knew that all he had to do to stop him impending deployment was to tell one of his fellow Doctors that he was having suicidal thoughts. Even if he wasn’t…. That act alone would have stopped the deployment. He would have been evaluated and could have been discharged. But that didn’t happen. Why? I think it is because he knew what he was doing and it was a premeditated terrorist attack by a Jihadist. It’s that simple…….The DOD must stop all this “pc” crap and thoroughly investigate all Muslims in the military. That is the only way. Being politically correct had made this horrific event possible. Plain and simple, being “pc” has gotten 13 people killed. Do we need another incident with more innocent people being killed?