279Re: Federal Support Center
- Jun 4, 1999
>In the 1980s, that gate was usually left open during daytime hours.The gate is rather rickety-looking. Only the left half (closest to the
phone/badge reader) is motorized. Maybe the automation is a recent
addition, to cut labor costs by eliminating the guard in the gatehouse.
>> One entrance to the bunker is visible in the distance. It consists ofa
>> concrete wall with a normal-looking double metal door, flanked by twoside
>> walls holding back the earth.That would make sense, putting the big, heavy equipment near a
> That's the loading dock area. I seem to recall the power plant being
>located nearby inside, with a couple big diesel generators.
truck-accessible ground-level entrance.
> Yes, main parking lot & helipad (just a painted LZ marking) are atopthe
>facility.I think that's the case at the Dranesville and Monrovia AT&T facilities.
As a general note, I'll bet there was a lot of sharing of bunker design
ideas among AT&T and government engineers, and I wouldn't be surprised to
see many similarities in the structures.
> Somewhere, I have photos of sheep and/or horses grazing on thegrass
>right next to some of the pop-up HF pyramids.I'll post a picture of the possible donkey/mule/burro sometime. Maybe
someone has knowledge of this type of animal and can ID it (or at least say
like they do in sci-fi movies: "Whatever it is, it's not from this
> Attached is a photo of the entrance gate, taken last year. Theimage
>is for your personal use only.That's exactly how it looked last week.
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