It has been a very common occurrence that, while presenting at UFO conferences, I am approached by someone who wants to talk about their own sighting. I am always interested in hearing such stories. Most of them are simply remembrances of strange lights in the sky without much in the way of details or supporting witnesses. However, on occasion I meet a witness to an incident that cries out for my complete attention.
By Robert Salas
The following is such an incident. The witness will be referred to as Sgt. ‘X’ until such time when he is willing to publicly release his name. He assures me that time will come. I am convinced that he is telling the truth of the matter:
In June 2006 (exact date TBD) SFC ‘X’ was with a platoon of twenty-five men at the Radwahnian Palace complex just to the southwest of Camp Slayer.This is the first time Sgt. ‘X’ has discussed his story openly. I am honored to be the individual to whom he confided these details. He is attempting to contact some of the other witnesses to this incident, although many of them are still on active duty. He anticipates that some of them will want to come forward also with more details. I too anticipate that more witnesses and details will come forth. Until then, this story will be continued.
At approximately 10 pm, they were on a routine patrol thru the town of Makasib and traveling North toward Baghdad International Airport. It is important to note that he and his platoon routinely took this route through the town of Makasib and had done so the previous day.
On this night, his gunner radioed to stop the patrol. “We performed a security halt and dismounted the vehicles. This was normal procedure when someone spotted a situation that could be a danger to the platoon.
The gunner said, ‘It’s not on the ground, it’s up here. Look up!’
I looked up and what I thought I saw was something manufactured. It looked like landing lights propped on 1000 ft. tall poles. We looked at it for 3-5 minutes. 25 people looked up! Then we put on our NVG -7’s (night-vision goggles).
It looked solid. You could not see the stars between the lights. It was triangular in shape with each side of the triangle equal in length. It had lights on only the leading edge, in the shape of a ‘V’. The lights were colored white-orange. There were about four to five lights on each side. The brightness of the lights looked muted; sort of milky white. One of the other men said, with the goggles on you could see the reflection of the city lights underneath. I saw a smooth surface. There were no rivets, no seams, no exhaust ports and no sound. It was totally silent. I did not think it was moving but some of the other men said it was moving slowly. The length of each side was about 4 football fields (1200 ft.). It was enormous. It basically covered the entire town of Makasib!”
“My first thought was, how did they get those poles up so fast? We had been through here the previous night. But then I looked closer and realized there were no poles. After about 5-7 minutes, I decided, we have to move to meet our next scheduled checkpoint. We went really fast thru Makasib to get to the other side. It took us about 5 minutes. We were all anxious to get another look at this object from a distance. When we got to the fruit tree groves, we looked back and it was gone. I told the Lieutenant I thought it would be a mistake to report what we had seen. I told him that, if we did report it, we would be laughed at and probably lose our rank and chance of promotion. He agreed.”
“When we got to headquarters, I simply asked if anything was going on. They said no. However, they did not have direct communication with the Air Traffic Control tower. So, it is possible that people in the tower did see or have a record of the appearance of the object.
Later, I met separately with the men in my platoon and told them that, yes we saw something bizarre, but I would not spread the story too much unless you want to get laughed at. Most of them agreed to keep it to themselves. However, since my separation from the service, I have talked to all the staff sergeants and 4 or 5 E-5s and 6 or 7 privates and specialists at Company reunions. They have not forgotten what they saw and there remains a lot of interest in talking about it.”
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