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Response to DesertFlower (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2013, 10:52 AM

94. I passed out in formation once

Happened in the Texas heat. Quite the common occurrence.

Funny thing is that I was conscious the entire time. My body just said, "Whoa!" and my legs gave way. The person behind me caught me, thank goodness and I was carried to a waiting medic truck.

People pass out in formation all of the time. They tell you not to lock your knees, but even with your knees unlocked it can still happen.

One time, my girl and I were both ordered to stand in formation for a change of command ceremony. This was in June in the middle of a hot-assed Texas day. One of the color guard, standing next to the general fell flat on his face. They carried him off and continued with the procedures of course. Having passed out in formation before myself, I had a ton of sympathy for the guy.

When the ceremony was over and we all were dismissed, I realized that the sun dropped several of us. I then tried looking around for my girlfriend so I could walk back with her to her office. She was nowhere to be found.

Later that evening after duty, I caught up with her and asked her what happened. Turned out that the sun had dropped her too. They took her and a bunch of people to the clinic.

Personally, they should have held that damn ceremony in a hangar and out of the sun. But that was just one of a million stupid fucking things that happened at that base.

Standing under the hot Texas sun was no joke, I tell ya.

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