BANGOR – Nearly two hundred soldiers took a snow day at Bangor International Airport yesterday.
The Bangor Mall remained open, but many individual stores closed. Plow trucks were everywhere.
Even before the storm hit the Bangor area, though, the impact of the bad weather was felt in Bangor.
BIA Director Tony Caruso said “Last night we had a military troop diversion. The aircraft couldn’t get into an airport south of here so it diverted here.”
The troops were flying from Beale Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. Their destination is classified.
The stop in snowy bangor rolled off their backs like water off a penguin.
Major Charles Marquez, 940th Logistics Readiness Squadron, said “All men and women are all tremendous professionals. They know that sometimes it takes some sacrifices, you know, to get where they need to go.”
It’s not an easy task to find lodging for nearly 200 people on short notice. But the staff at BIA Was able to do just that Tuesday.
Caruso stated “And we’ll handle the aircraft and make sure it departs on time.”
Some hotels were offering the troops a discounted rate, while Hollywood Cinema was providing a free movie and Carolina’s Pub was offering free appetizers for any of the troops, if they were still in town later in the day.
Major Marquez added “That’s pretty standard operating procedure for the military. There’s a lot of hurry up an wait.”
While waiting for buses to transport them to local hotels, some of the soldiers caught a few zs, while others took the time to phone loved ones.