This time we're featuring two stories sent in by NIMSC volunteers who worked on Fort Benning 10 years ago, discussing life as a civilian employee of Fort Benning in the days that followed the attacks:
Anticipating more security checks the next day, I rode my bike to work on the Riverwalk. Nobody was checking the trail as it entered post, and it was so strange to see no cars on the usually very busy Fort Benning Blvd. from Custer Road up the hill onto Main Post. Fortunately, some of our teachers were spouses who lived on post, so they gathered the students in the auditorium until at least one teacher for each grade-level arrived. Since I had a master key, I was able to open up the building. Because of the traffic jam at the check points, some teachers never made it to work that day. Others arrived after noon. Traffic was backed up on Benning Blvd. to Victory Drive, and some people trying to get to work and who had had too much coffee, had to head for the woods to answer nature's call. By the next day, there were still delays, but things moved much smoother.
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