no false ones...only if they are doing a drill, but no drills carried out there, they're always on alert
earlier this year i flew into Balad, Iraq, the C-130 i was in had to spiral into the airfield, after we got off the plane we had to sit through a short orientation film going over safety regs and alarm signals that we would encounter at any time while on the ground, told where the bunkers were and always have your body armor and kevlar at hand...
not dramatic enough...what you see on cnn and in the papers isn't staged, it's very real...the coppers that fly in from Iraq with the red cross on it means another soldier, marine, sailor, airman, etc... was hit or blown up, Hummer hit by an IED or UXO...just days before i came home, a young soldier found a UXO 3 meters from the side of the road we travel on to get to the airfield, EOD was immediately called in and it was taken care of right away, controlled detonation on the spot, yeah i might be in kuwait, but the threat is still very real in theater...remember just recently when kuwaiti officials busted up a ring of 6 people who were plotting to detonate explosives at the base i work at, yeah, lucky for me i was at another base in northern kuwait when that went down
the guys down range are well versed on when to duck and cover, yet there are those that push the envelope... so it's still not a laughing matter...as Gulf War, Operation Southern Watch, OIF/OEF- both Navy and Army veteran of almost 20 years...please don't take what those guys over there are doing for granted!!!
those are just die hard heli pilots
converting over to the "Dark Side"...Trex 450 clone...HBK2 still #1