Helicopters and Emergency Vehicles to Converge on US Capitol Building Monday Morning
by Larry Janezich
On Monday morning, the US Capitol Police will hold a routine training exercise with federal, state and local agencies which will involve emergency vehicles and low flying helicopters. Timing is uncertain, but the last one occurred – without notice – at 6:00am on a Sunday morning.
The notice of the event may have had something to do with CM Charles Allen unhappiness over that previous training event in February.
At the March meeting of ANC6C, Allen complained that several weeks earlier he was walking his dog near Stanton Park early one Sunday morning and saw military helicopters “30 feet off the ground” coming from the direction of RFK Stadium to the Capitol, without notice. He said that was “incredibly disrespectful to the Capitol Hill neighborhood” and he was visibly annoyed at the idea that someone in the Pentagon thought that a training mission to evacuate the US Capitol at 6:15am was a good idea.