Noon April 30th 2013 Update
WAFF-TV in Alabama is covering the story, and it appears as the lead story on their website.
Four days ago a similar incident took place in the same region when a UPS building was evacuated after a suspicious package was found.
Here’s some background information on the base where the latest incident took place earlier this morning – see below:
Earlier on 04.30.2013 I reported:
Breaking report re-posted verbatim below as the story is breaking and changes quickly. The first version of this story was just removed and this new version was posted. The first version mentioned a white powdery substance which was found in the building. The second version of the story omitted any mention of the substance. I am still looking for more information at this time.
Our US Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville Alabama is the operating “nerve center” for US national security decisions which involve any sort of missile defense. It was from this locale that the decision to deploy a missile defense system on Guam was rendered in early April in response to North Korean provocations. The evacuation of the Redstone building can only cause me to speculate [ and I know with so little information to work from I could be wrong ] whether or not a North Korean affiliated person or persons has made an attempt to harm the people working in that building as retaliation for our placing a missile defense system on Guam to deter a North Korean first strike attack.
“The Pentagon said today that it will deploy a THAAD missile system to Guam as a “precautionary move to strengthen the regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat.”
THAAD, which stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, is a product of Lockheed Martin, which has a sprawling Huntsville campus off Bradford Drive among its worldwide locations. As recently as last year, Lockheed Martin had about 190 employees in Huntsville working on the THAAD program.”
Which begs the next question: Just how many North Korean spies are lurking in the shadows of the United States and what are their operating directives?
I am just a blogger who reads alot of news reports and asks alot of questions. That’s all.
Cited: “HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – According to officials, a building on Redstone Arsenal was evacuated Tuesday morning. As of 11:30, employees were still out of Von Braun III. Officials are investigating, but wouldn’t say why the building was evacuated. A worker in the building said alarms sounded and everyone was told to leave the building. The announcement also stated it was not a drill. The worker said many people went home.”
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – One of the largest office buildings on Redstone Arsenal has been evacuated.
According to an email from Col. Jeffrey Ogden, interim chief of staff of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the Von Braun III building is “closed and off limits until further notice.” Ogden’s e-mail, sent at 11:52 a.m., also says people should stay back at least 50 feet from any entrance to the building.
An Army spokeswoman said she is gathering more information on the evacuation and will be sending out a news release shortly.
Von Braun III is the largest building in the arsenal’s Von Braun Complex of offices. The six-story, 840,000-square-foot structure houses the Missile Defense Agency and its contractors.
Von Braun III is designed to be “the hub of missile defense for our nation,” Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, then-MDA director, said during ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the building in October 2011. “The largest concentration of missile defense engineers anywhere in the world is in this building.”
Updated at 12:25 p.m. with additional information about Von Braun III building, quotes from former MDA Director Patrick O’Reilly.
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- Supervisors Issue Furlough Notices on Redstone Arsenal (whnt.com)
- U.S. sending missile defense system with Alabama ties to Guam as North Korean tensions rise (al.com)
- Redstone Arsenal largely insulated from impacts of troop draw downs, general says (al.com)
- Pentagon confirms deploying THAAD ballistic missile defense system to Guam over Korea tensions (rt.com)