“Do you know what a ‘red line’ is, Ma’am?”I stared at him as if it were a trick question. Of course I knew what a red line was. Itwas a boundary line painted red. The Air Force had them surrounding all of their military planesthat were parked around the base. Was he referring to something else I should know about? Iwas confused. It didn’t help that my legs were going numb from the cold and my nose beginningto run, but I was too afraid to move my hands to wipe it. And why did he keep calling mema’am? He clearly knew I was enlisted – and probably younger than him. I was wearing mydungarees AND he had my ID. “Um, yes?” I answered, sounding more like a question. Did Iknow what the ‘Red Line’ was?Just then, the callous guy with the gun came back. “What are you doing on the flightline?” he asked sounding more like an accusation than a question.“Well, I was delivering flight schedules for my squadron. I have to drive on the flightline to deliver them. I am the duty driver for VP-8. My hangar is right over there,” I pointed itout to him.“Oh, VP squadron, huh? Hmmm. Well, it seems as though you have crossed over a pointof no entry.”“Where?” Again, I was confused. It wasn’t the first time I had driven onto the ramp withthe duty van delivering schedules. In fact, I had just delivered them the night before. Why nowwas all of this chaos happening?He shot out his finger into the direction that I had come. “Right over there is where youcame from. The point of entry is approximately ten feet to the left of that.”I squinted out into the blackness of the night. I strained to look at where my tracks hadcome from. Maybe it was the darkness, or maybe it was the endless snowdrifts, but I saw no redline and had no idea where this guy was talking about. Still, I nodded in agreement. I justwanted this to end so I could go home.“Here, stand up, but keep your hands up.” I guess his moment of empathy was trying toshow me that he wasn’t a horrible guy, just one doing his job. I didn’t buy it. Ten feet. Really?“Is there anyone who can vouch for you and your location?” He asked.
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