"I rotate through Diego Garcia every 6 weeks to pull maintenance on
uplink equipment as a private contractor.
Something big is going on, the island has more aircraft than anytime in
the last 9 years. They have blocked off some access roads and are now
parking aircraft on the road. Barriers have been set up around the
aircraft areas. Temporary barracks and hangers are popping up
everywhere. A tent city full of AF and Navy maintenance personnel has
also been set up.
I have never seen B1s and B2s there at the same time. Actually I have
never seen more than 1 there at a time.
Security is nuts I had to show my id at least 8 times a day
My coworker is former AF and said they are like that when nukes are
around. We counted over a dozen air refueling tankers on the ground. The
airfield had a take off or landing every 15 minutes, very busy. When we
flew out we waited in line for quite a while. We never had to wait in
The Navy had the docks full of ships and 6 to 8 more were moored just
off shore. We watched many pallets of bombs being off loaded from one ship.
There were a bunch of B-52's coming in that were painted flat black. I
have not seen that before."