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tv   Reel America Nuclear Attack Preparedness Procedures Survive to Fight -...  CSPAN  May 13, 2018 4:00pm-4:25pm EDT

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consumers. announcer: watch the communicators monday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. announcer: >> american history tv is looking back 50 years to the concerns of 1968. up next, nuclear attack preparedness procedures: survived the fight. this u.s. air force training film was released in april of that year, dramatizing facilities at a nuclear base following an attack. this cold war artifact outlines assessing damage, stabilizing and securing the base and communications, and offering medical treatment for radiation exposure. this is about 22 minutes. ?
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>> [sirens] >> [sirens] >> [sirens] >> [explosion]
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>> [explosion]
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[phone ringing] [chatter] >> command post. time, 20:34 hours. status of base, unknown. eta fallout? unknown. command post rings in control centers. orders, recover and look at base. deploy damage assessment teams. deploy casualty assessment teams.
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casualty and damage assessment teams deployed to assist total base condition, instructions to assess and report. especially report. you call us, because if you don't, we'll call you. tape up site. assess and report. and no umbrellas. when it starts to rain, we'll let you know. command post, 20:36 hours. aircraft successfully dispersed at 20:18 hours. two aircraft detached on bomb assessment missions.
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security reports three fires, facility weapons storage, one major. ruptured gas lines in hangar two. fires in bo2 block one. blast damage at base and heavy vehicle repair shop. medical control center reports casualties. one first aid detached. team proceeding north for assessments. civil engineers control reports heavy damage among forward equipment. equipment at west dispersal point needed urgently. transportation dispatches one vehicle with four drivers to dispersal with instructions to run the runway. eta fallout 20:50 to 20:55 hours. 20 minutes to go. once, it was weeks, 20 weeks, and just as urgent. expedient shelter needed to be made out of base resources. disaster preparedness survey
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secured a jet engine test cell and three unused ammo bunkers with a protection factor of 500. they were good, but just a start. more shelter was needed and more dispersal. not only dispersal but better proximity to war work areas. four trips of five minutes in is 20 work minutes lost. in 20 minutes you can arm an airplane. more shelters were needed, and the only expedient materials at hand were perforated steel planks. they met the basic requirements. they would house men. and support a covering of sand. at the shelter sites, ground was leveled and containers were set up in a shelter nucleus. simple wooden arches were prepared to support the psp.
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the enclosures were then sandbagged. this is expedient shelter. a few feet of sand to cut off a lot of radiation. to keep a unit on the board when it's turned comes to move. eight shelters of this kind were completed from base resources. by then, we were in defcon 4. >> [phone ringing] >> 20:45 hours. status of base, burning. -- battle hit and burning. fire chief reports fire is spreading out of control into adjacent quarters. new fires reported near bunker generator. civil control reports tower unstable and hazardous. command post request information on progress of runway clearance.
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sweeper reports occasional debris beyond its capacity. tractor currently to clear vehicles from taxi lane. can the debris be cleared by hand? yes. workforce dispatched to assist. communications control specialists are dispatched to assess blast damage at base, and -- at basecon. with two more to be dropped off to neutralize powerlines and block storage.
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civil engineer reports surviving equipment in from dispersal and manned. all priority demands being met. equipment status picture complete. fire picture, still developing. all units concentrate within weapons storage area, except two units detached to medical bunker on orders from command for us. workforce removing tires from storage with orders to abandon the building. extinguish hangar two for gas leaks. bunkerent at medical reports grass fire extinguished. no damage to generator. request orders. two pieces of equipment. defcon 3, base personnel have been recalled, and the base disaster preparedness plan in -- put into effect. as the disaster response team was being formed the base was
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, being hardened for battle. 20:47 hours, medical personnel
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report to hospital shelter to treat casualties. medical control advises command post 23 recoverable cases received. more information coming in from the field sorting teams. in the field, nonmedical personnel organized the dispatch of casualties report 20 more -- dispatch of casualties to hospitals, report 20 more recoverable wounded on the way. six nonrecoverable casualties for terminal care and second priority transportation. four dead. about 30 men for first aid and returned to duty.
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medical control relays the information. command post acknowledges. initial recovery almost complete. all casualties accounted for. priority fires out or under control. abandoned fires stable or offering no threat. loss of power anticipated and emergency plans in effect. damage at base nonrecoverable, commsergency calms -- established. 20:59 hours. chief reports new casualties and collapse of entire storage building. one aircraft coming back with fire warning lights. shelter monitor reports radiation. it's here. upon detection of radiation, fallout procedures described in afm355-1 will be immediately observed. no personnel will leave shelter
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without orders of the controlling agency. so when the briefing. as shelter teams were formed and familiarized with checklist. at the same time supplies and , equipment were being installed and checked into shelters. medical supplies, food, water, sanitation equipment. forms and displays were set out. as communications were installed and tested, exposure control stations were equipped. dosage forms, accumulated dosage charts also tested. generators and blowers had been checked out regularly on a weekly basis.
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this was their final test. the fuel was topped off. we were true defcon 2. time was 21:10 hours. radiation, 40 -- per fire chief hour. reports priority missions accomplished. fire storage casualties dispatched to hospital. returning aircraft on emergency landing. medical control center confirms fire casualties received to hospital. command post requests dosage report on personnel involved. >> [chatter] >> command post, this is oxnard
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tower. >> this is command post. go ahead, tower. >> we have an emergency, six, eight miles out. fire warning lights. signaling approach. >> roger. >> time, 21;27 hours. radiation, 370 -- per hour. inside a closed vehicle, radiation cut by half. [sirens] inside the hospital, less than 1 -- per hour.
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at maintenance control, less than one -- per hour. thancurity and comms, less 1 -- per hour. in the command post, the roof covered are given a dosage status. the crew with an average dosage of 90 rad are rotated for furture dutry. prioritized. base command orders ramp washdown. radiation peaks at 21:50 hours. in center of washed area, 160. 22:20 hours. base reported operational. unable to recover aircraft. division says -- get with it. recover and report estimated time to launch. assess ability to refit aircraft from air battle damage. advise estimated duration of battle capability.
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this morning, base capability under fallout was only an estimate, but it was based on study and effort. the test was faced with confidence. it was defcon 1. aircraft were readied accordingly. by afternoon, shelters were manned and functioning as a coordinated group. >> [sirens] narrator: attack warning came at 20:15 hours.
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no more planning. no more preparation. this was it. time, 22:30 hours. the birds drop in through 400 roentgens per hour. rotation maintenance personnel given 30 minutes prep time for
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dose of 58 rad for the mission. narrator: time, 23:05 hours. maintenance control reports second rotation control -- second rotation personnel dispatched. first rotation personnel coming in. average predicted dose to complete turnaround, 62 rad. first rotation personnel are converted to actual. reported to command post. dm requests six specialist for forpecialists an estimated hours worth on defective airplanes.
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four specialists reported with minimal doses. could they accomplish the work with nonspecialist assistance? they could. four personnel dispatched for maintenance assistance. maintenance control reports turnaround proceeding on schedule. command post repairs to advise division. communications control reports loss of emergency comm. two specialists now investigating. trouble is reported recoverable. assistance of two more specialists requested. can one do the job? yes but one specialist is best. , --.mated time maximum stay time division , 30. advised by comm relay of group readiness. standby for launch. firefighters control report
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shelter intensity high. five men showing signs of radiation sickness. three of them segregated with not show. -- nausea. all dosage levels rising faster than anticipated. request permission to go outside and wash down the roof. permission denied. firefighters ordered evacuated to maintenance bunker. manpower personnel given 20 minutes stay time to assist.
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narrator time, 23:40 hours. : fourth hour of operation from shelter. command post reports launch accomplished. no replacements for radiation casualties anticipated immediately. the base is ready for further
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orders. marked witha year war, political assassinations in the space race. women's rights, racial stripes, watchtion will -- one -- 1968: america in turmoil. words,ght, on after jerome corsi talks about his book, "killing the deep state." >> i heard some of these
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freeseas -- phrases bandied about in recent years. maybe you can define in your view deep space, shadow government and swap. are they the same thing? >> in my terminology, they are the deep state. others might call them the shadow government because they are affecting their own bureaucratic wishes rather than the wishes of the people. in electing donald trump for instance. and donald trump has turned it the "swamp" which is probably the term most americans immediately understand because washington was at one point a swamp. and the creatures coming out of the swamp are certainly fighting and fighting back for their turf. >> watch after words on c-span2's book tv. american history tv, we hear from three veterans


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