Practice to free prisoners, makes perfect sense and wargaming..............clever huh.
Pamlico prison plays part in military exercise
By Keith Acree
BAYBORO, Mar. 20 – For two days in March, Pamlico Correctional Institution found itself behind enemy lines, while fighter jets roared overhead,
tanks and missiles stood guard outside the prison and Navy SEALs lurked in the nearby woods.
It was all a part of a joint training exercise involving U.S. Navy and NATO forces. The grounds outside Pamlico were one of many locations across
coastal North Carolina utilized during the two-week exercise involving about 26,000 soldiers, sailors and Marines.
To people driving down the road past the prison, things certainly looked strange. Two Soviet-made T-72 tanks, a truck-mounted Scud missile and two
SAM-6 surface-to-air missile launchers were visible peeking from the trees. A large antenna and mobile radar site were erected in the field in front
of the prison.
"It’s unique for the State of North Carolina and the Department of Correction, to take part in something like this with the Defense Department,"
said Muller. "But we’re glad to help in any way we can."
Military paratroopers float into prison yard
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July 15, 2007 - 1:03 AM
By DEEDEE CORRELL
Prison workers saw an unusual sight in the pre-dawn hours Thursday — 25 military paratroopers floating down in the restricted airspace over the
Fremont Correctional Facility.
They landed in a cornfield on prison grounds, carrying rifles with rubber bullets, after missing their intended target of the Fremont County Airport.
“As unusual as the incident was,” Colorado Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said, prison workers weren’t very
“It was pretty apparent they were military,” she said.
But it remains unclear which branch of the military they were with.
The paratroopers identified themselves as being with the Department of Defense, but wouldn’t tell prison staff which branch they were with.
Army and Air Force officials denied knowledge of the incident. A spokesman for the 10th Special Forces at Fort Carson said it didn’t appear any
units had filed a report required when troops miss their drop zone.
An airport manager did not return a message Saturday.
Sanguinetti said staff patrolling the perimeter of the prison first saw the paratroopers about 4:50 a.m.
“They spotted them right before they hit the ground,” she said.
The paratroopers said “they landed there accidentally. They got blown off-course,” Sanguinetti said. They said they meant to land at the county
airport, about three miles to the east. Trucks arrived within a half-hour to pick up the troopers, she said.
The only other time prison workers faced an onslaught from the skies was in 1989, when two women hijacked a helicopter and forced the pilot to land in
the prison yard at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility so they could free their husbands.
The women and husbands escaped and landed near Punkin Center, and after binding the pilot, drove to Nebraska in a rented truck. Several hours later,
they got into a shootout with Nebraska police. All were captured and went to prison.
Rebecca Brown, the woman who executed the plan per her husband’s instructions, was released from prison six years ago and completed her parole last
“It’s not something I’m proud of,” she told The Gazette last year. “I broke someone out of prison, served my time, and here I am. Not one of
my more stellar moments.”
The Department of Corrections has a policy on how to deal with aircraft landing on prison grounds but does not reveal it publicly.
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