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Occurred : 3/13/1997 (Entered as : 3/13/97)
Reported: 9/2/2002 2:44:22 PM 14:44
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Two days after The Phoenix Lights - A different kind of sighting

I was fairly new to the "on-line" thing when I tried to report my news to you around 3/17/97. I am a freelance broadcast engineering type. For the "event" itself, my head was deep into a computer repair. What I believe is significant, is that early on 3/14/97 I flew to Colorado Springs to do a boxing event. That is where I heard the news about "The Phoenix Lights". The following morning(3/15/97) I flew to Las Vegas for a hockey game. I arrived around 9:30am. I knew my remote truck would not arrive until after noon so I went to check in to my hotel. The company put me up in the Howard Johnsons motor lodge located[with other"fine" hotels(Motel 6/Days Inn)] right at the entrance/exit to McCarran airport. As I pulled in I couldn't help noticing what had to be almost 1000 Navy Seaman,between the 3 hotels,checking out and getting on buses. I went up to a few of them and asked "What are you swabby's doing here in the middle of the land locked desert?" The reply was basically "we just concluded about a week long joint exercise with the Air Force at the Nellis Range." Maybe nothing but I don't think so. Flight path of sightings could easily be originating from and returning to Groom Lake. Rumored to be a "stealthy" airborne radar platform [AIRSHIP] in development around that time. Who handles all things truly "spooky"? NAVY. Who handles airships? NAVY. Perhaps someone who knows where to look could find some record of the "joint exercise".