Our nation’s capital is one of the most security cities on Planet Earth, and for good reason.
Washington DC is the global hub of freedom, and the nucleus of our American experience. We elect our best and brightest, (in theory), and send them to this hallowed ground to make our nation ever greater. The import of these legislators is paramount, even if we do sometimes find ourselves shaking our figurative fists at them from time to time.
On top of the human value contained within The Beltway, our nation’s capital is littered with historical landmarks and institutions of immense, irreplaceable knowledge and artifacts. The Library of Congress, if lost to some horrific action or accident, would be a catastrophic setback in terms of American and human history.
We take security in DC quite seriously as a nation for these reasons, and there are certainly measures in place to keep us protected that aren’t apparent to the untrained observer.
Heck, some of these precautions aren’t even visible when you go looking for them, such as a secret military operation that has been ongoing for months right in the White House’s backyard.
The Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission that has Black Hawk helicopters flying missions over the Washington, D.C., area backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers.
The mysterious classified operation was disclosed when the Army asked Congress for approval to shift funds to provide an extra $1.55 million for aircraft maintenance, air crews and travel in support of an “emerging classified flight mission.”
The Army was particularly tight lipped in this instance.
Army spokesman Wayne Hall declined in an email to comment on some possibilities — including whether the mission involved protecting the White House or other federal buildings and whether it’s making use of specialized commando units of the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command, which includes the Army’s Delta unit and Navy’s Seal Team Six.
The operation began around October 1st, and has no end date in sight, according to the Army.