Umatilla Chemical Depot

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09/06/2019 - The blurred pictures on this profile are as good a glimpse as you are going to get. I did not realize that the base is still in operation, so when I approached off the highway and realized I was approaching a guard post, I realized there was no getting any closer. (I figured turning around before talking to the guard at the post would land my plates on some watch list, so I stopped to acknowledge my futile intentions before leaving.)

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Interesting place. I worked there in late 60s as a DOD police officer. The perimeter around the base is about 23 miles! I’ve driven down every road doing perimeter checks to ensure the chain link fence was secure. Also, there a large number of buildings where work was either ongoing or had stopped permanently. Storage facilities housing certain items had to checked frequently as well. I worked at night and often found myself in huge empty buildings eating lunch by myself at a vacant table! Although my job was mostly security related, I made traffic stops at times for minor infractions, but I did stop a truck driver one evening under the influence of alcohol.

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