Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Pentagon

This past Friday we took an exclusive tour of the Pentagon, which is the central command for all US military operations. We only got in because we knew an "insider"--Pete Rutt (the dad of a friend from our small group) took the time to give us a walk-through. We didn't get many pictures of the inside (cameras are strictly forbidden), but we did get some good details. The Pentagon has over 25,000 employees working for the Air Force, the Navy, the Marines, and the Army. The structure is five levels high (only two basements....not thirty according to many movies) and has five concentric rings. Walking through the halls we saw civilians and soldiers at work, as well as a host of paintings to both war scenes and military generals. The Pentagon is like a small city--you can do everything from buy food to go to the dentist within its walls. The tour took a couple hours, which included a view of the Pentagon Memorial for the 184 people that were killed on 9/11. Below is the baby and I hanging out outside after the tour. She was a champ. Making hardened commanders smile is only a task that she was up to...

Here's my beautiful wife outside the Pentagon.

Sierra got a bit pooped during the tour. Once we put her hat on, apparently she thought it was nap time. Cute as ever...

After the tour Pete and Linda Rutt took us our to dinner at Champps. We learned about Pete's work on IT at the Pentagon as well as crazy family stories about our buddy Jake. So Jake, is it true that one time when you were 10 years old you woke your mom up in the middle of the night to ask permission to pee? And that's just the beginning of the incriminating stories we got on you...
Thanks to the Rutts for a fantastic afternoon!

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