The Pentagon is sending teams of essential staff into deep underground military bases to wait out the Covid-19 pandemic it has announced.
Air Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who heads the US Northern Command, which includes North and Central America, announced to the media via Facebook earlier this week some of his “watch teams” would be moved from their usual command centre at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado to a number of underground bunkers.
General O’Shaughnessy also heads the the North American Aerospace Defence Command, which is a joint US/Canadian operation that monitors the airspace over North America for missile and airborne threats and is based at the Cheyenne Mountain bunker complex also in Colorado.
In the Facebook post General O’Shaughnessy said
“Our dedicated professionals of the NORAD and NORTHCOM command and control watch have left their homes, said goodbye to their families, and are isolated from everyone to ensure they can stand the watch each and every day to defend our homeland,” O’Shaughnessy said. He also said that personnel sent underground will share the bunker with other members of the military, but he is “not at liberty to discuss who’s moving in there.”
These bunkers were designed to protect crucial US military and civil infrastructure and personnel in the event of a nuclear war or some other type of apocalyptic scenario.
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