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E-mail of the day: Pay no attention to those ‘Arabs’ running by with AK-47s!

From Stars & Stripes, here is an e-mail sent yesterday this week at a U.S. Army post in Kaiserslautern, Germany: From: Benyo, Nicholas S SFC MIL USA Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:31 AM Subject: *****EXERCISE*****EXERCISE******EXERCISE******** (UNCLASSIFIED) Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Ladies and Gentleman, The individuals you see in full PPE and the individuals you ...

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RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images
RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images

From Stars & Stripes, here is an e-mail sent yesterday this week at a U.S. Army post in Kaiserslautern, Germany:

From: Benyo, Nicholas S SFC MIL USA

Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:31 AM
Subject: *****EXERCISE*****EXERCISE******EXERCISE******** (UNCLASSIFIED)

From Stars & Stripes, here is an e-mail sent yesterday this week at a U.S. Army post in Kaiserslautern, Germany:

From: Benyo, Nicholas S SFC MIL USA

Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:31 AM
Subject: *****EXERCISE*****EXERCISE******EXERCISE******** (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Ladies and Gentleman,

The individuals you see in full PPE and the individuals you see in "Arabic attire" armed with AK-47’s, pistols and IEDs are role players and/or USAG-K reaction force personnel who are conducting TRAINING. Please stop calling the German Police, Military Police and hiding in your buildings. You will see these people walking around the outside of your offices and near the gates the remainder of the day and I assure you they are only training. Thank you for your vigilance, time and understanding.

Respectfully,

SFC Nicholas S. Benyo
Force Protection / Antiterrorism
NCOIC
Kleber Kasserne

My question: If they really were Arab terrorists, would SFC Benyo inform the kaserne, or would he be under his desk?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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