posted on Oct, 27 2008 @ 11:25 PM
I was an infantryman in the US army from 1993-1998. I served as a US Army Ranger and was a member of an air assault Search and Rescue team (SAR
team). I had an experience at the end of my term of service that i have never been able to explain and that to this day I find confusing.
In December 1998 I was assigned to Fort Belvoir, VA, as a air assault training liaison for US Army ROTC cadets. We maintained an active duty presence
and were on call for local search and rescue, while at the same time training ROTC cadets that rotated through on a 12 week cycle. On the evening of
December 18th a request was made for our assistance with a search and rescue on what we were told was a crash of a small commercial aircraft. We all
thought this was odd, after all, we were soldiers trained to do search and rescue of pilots and military aircraft. After discussing the mission with
the CO, we were taken in a Blackhawk helicopter into the local mountains. SOP would dictate that we are give specific locations, information, and
coordinates to conduct a thorough search. Strangely, the CO told me that we would be given all the information en route as it was important for us to
reach the crash site asap. He informed me that we were tapped for SAR because of the remote location and the insertion techniques required our
No information was given me en route to the site. A "liaison officer" whom I had never met was already on the Blackhawk when we boarded. He was a
nice man, middle age, and very cordial. He reminded us of our duty, told us to perform our task to the best of our abilities, and to maintain the
professionalism of a US Army Ranger. This was all very strange, I did not know where we went, other than to say that the flight time was approx. 30
minutes into a more remote area of VA. As we approached the site, I did not see any light.. no burning, smoke, or anything that is usually indicative
of a downed craft. We came to a hover over a wooded area and fast ropes were dropped over the side.. We fast roped down into a wooded clearing that
was at first evaluation pitch black and without movement. When we reached the ground we assembled our SAR teams as per SOP and were informed by the
liaison officer to maintain our position. After approximately 10 minutes a Delta operator came out of the tree line and led us into the woods
approximately 100m. We were told to set up a perimeter, secure the area, and STFU. If you were in the military or have ever dealt with Delta you
understand what I mean when I say we did what we were told.
There were approximately 6 Delta operators on site. A small area was lit with red chem sticks. We were told to conduct a standard search of the area
and report any finding to Delta per SOP. We did our search, found nothing, and returned to the site.
The "site" was a small zone roughtly 20 feet by 20 feet. Other liaison officers were on site with Delta (there were 4 in total). The were
photgraphing, collecting, and recording information. I can only describe to you what I saw from the light coming from the red chem stick. There was
a small object, roughly the size of a large beach ball, resting on the ground cover. There was no impact crater or damage. A circular opening about 1
foot in diameter could be seen. I could see into the object partially and i was surprised to see that it was mostly hollow. What struck me most was
how simple it was... no light, no windows, no wires. It reminded me of an empty capsule or small re-entry vehicle. After approximately 2 hours a
CH-53 flew over, the object was secured and attached via cables, and taken away. We had to hump it a couple miles to another clearing and were loaded
onto Blackhawks and flown home. I never saw the liaison people, the Dela operators, or the helicopters again. When we reached Fort Belvoir we were
reminded of our oath, our duty, told this incident did not happen, told to not ask questions, and dismissed.