Timestamp: Event T-1 hour and counting…
Location: NORAD, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado
Colonel Collins looked at the Defcon board for a moment, gearing himself up for what come next. Then he returned his attention to the phone.
Confirmed General, we are now at Defcon 3. Please stand by Colonel Collins said. Then reaching into a drawer of his desk, he removed an Ear-bud. Unplugging the charging wire from it, he hooked it over his left ear and pressed the small button that would turn it on. The ear-bud powered up and was activated. Pressing a button on his receiver, the Generals voice could now be heard coming over the device.
Colonel Collins took a moment to look around the room at the men and women stationed inside. He didnt know them all on a personal level, but he knew something about each and everyone of them. Manning one of the tracking stations was Senior Master Sergeant Elizabeth Shackles and Master Sergeant Adam Thomas Mitchell; off-duty he had been given the nickname of ATM. Over at another bank of monitors were two Second Lieutenants: Jay McAdams and Isaac Washington. As he heard the door to the monitoring room open, he saw Airman Chris Matherson and Airman First Class Charles Freeman run into the room and head over to two monitors that watched US airspace.