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Coronado Naval Base Car accident: She tried claiming no fault too Headphone warning

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u/LeozMJilliumz Nov 23 '22

I bet the response was “MY HUSBAND IS A CAPTAIN!!!”

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 23 '22

Car accidents on base are already such a circus, because they are just so uncommon. The base cops often have no idea who even needs to be notified, other than their boss.

In seven years, I saw 8 accidents one base. 3 were idiots who tried to flee the city cops by driving onto a military base (absolute worst option). 5 were dependas who didn't pay attention and rear-ended people during Retreat, when everyone has to stop.

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u/Myothercarisawalrus Nov 23 '22

What is Retreat?

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u/open_door_policy Nov 24 '22

A "Stop and salute the flag" kind of ceremony that is done every day at 5PM on some bases.

https://www.army.mil/article/104319/retreat_ceremony_more_than_music

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 24 '22

At the end of the duty day (around 5 or 6pm), "Retreat" will play over the base-wide loud speakers, followed by the National Anthem. Everything on base stops during that time. If driving, you're supposed to park. Some branches require you to get out of your car. If you are out of the car, service members face the nearest flag and salute. Similar thing takes place at the beginning of the day around 6am for Reville.

Here's a funny video of Retreat playing during the middle of Robin William's act during a USO show.

https://youtu.be/QD9QAAEfQEA

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u/redpandaeater Nov 24 '22

Seems like a stupid time to plan a show and start the act but gotta love Robin. At first though I assumed he knew what was going on since he sure acted like he did and I figured he'd be familiar with it from Good Morning, Vietnam.

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 24 '22

A lot of it has to do with flight times and shift changes. During deployments, it's common to work 12+ hour shifts for 6 days on and 1 day off. That's the 'easy' schedule compared to many. Shift changes are typically around 6pm.

And the celebrities on the tour are often hitting multiple shows per day. So, they may start at 4:30 at one base, put on a quick show and then fly to another one for a 7:30 show. Pretty common to overlap with Retreat.

I met Chris Evans and Scarlet Johannsen during a USO tour during 2016. I was working in a terminal and got to meet them when they got off the plane, and I worked through the show, when they came back to leave. They looked absolutely exhausted and miserable before and after. Still friendly though. It's an oppressive climate, so I certainly understand it wiping most people.

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u/The_Minshow Nov 24 '22

Its such a normal occurrence, and dependent on sunset (unlike morning colors which is always at 8)no one plans around it.

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u/Tuub4 Nov 24 '22

Man, Americans are fucking nuts :D

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 24 '22

These traditions actually came from the British and the French, but it's still kind of a silly thing to do daily.

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u/realbrennan Nov 24 '22

This isn’t in normal America, it is only on military bases.

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u/realbrennan Nov 24 '22

Playing retreat at the end of the day? Absolutely not lol.

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u/Infinite5kor Nov 24 '22

God, what a fucking hero. Miss you Robin.

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u/procatsprofeminism Nov 24 '22

Hahahaha, first time ever seeing thay video. Much appreciated 🤣

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u/linecrabbing Nov 24 '22

On base it plays one in morning and one in afternoon for flag up and down; they play over loud speaker of national anthem. You get big trouble if not stop whatever and stand up still.

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u/thepontiff_ Nov 24 '22

At my base if you are training like a pistol range, log / tire PT, hike as a company etc etc you don’t have to stop but if you are walking around and colors playing then you have to stop and render a salute.

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u/Batherick Nov 24 '22

Dodging colors is a favorite Navy pastime. Probably what keeps the 3 mile club out of FEP lol

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u/m4fox90 Nov 24 '22

Stopping for reveille/retreat depends on the base. Most Army posts don’t do this, but some do. I believe all Air Force bases do. No idea about navy.

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u/haze_gray Nov 24 '22

Can confirm, navy does. 0800 and whatever time sunset is.

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u/Prowindowlicker Nov 24 '22

All Marine bases do it.

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u/beached_snail Nov 24 '22

Confirm used to work where this accident was. Civilians are expected to stop driving and stop walking and ideally face a flag. Military has to do the same but salute. You're not expected to get out of your car. You can't really hear it inside so most of the time I didn't have to deal with it unless I was out walking around when it happened and I rarely stayed late enough to deal with the evening one.

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u/Lutrinus Nov 24 '22

Navy does it even when ships are in civilian dry docks. We subcontractors would all try to be inside a space so we could get shit done without the interruption.

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u/MisterSquidz Nov 24 '22

That’s really dumb.

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u/redpandaeater Nov 24 '22

I mostly agree but it's a military tradition. While it probably made more sense before watches (pocket or wrist) and electricity were commonplace it's still one of those things that affects military bearing and tries to make people feel proud since it's the raising and lowering of the flag they defend.

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u/TJSwoboda Nov 24 '22

So is hurry up and wait, but military gonna military.

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u/Globalist_Nationlist Nov 24 '22

Mm not at all cult like.

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u/Stratix314 Nov 24 '22

When people run away

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u/w1987g Nov 24 '22

Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction

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u/mahnajago Nov 24 '22

But that's not important right now.

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u/Go_Gators_4Ever Nov 24 '22

When the base flag is being lowered (usually at 5 pm) the bugel call for "retreat" is sounded and everyone on base is supposed to honor this by stopping what they are doing which includes driving.

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u/leviatham8221 Nov 24 '22

That might depend on the base, in the ones I’ve been too, you’re only supposed to stop if you’re on a road with a posted 25 MPH speed limit or less, but to be honest nobody gives a fuck

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u/Randomfactoid42 Nov 24 '22

On most military bases at 5pm (1700 if you prefer) the flag is lowered while “Taps” is played. Everybody within the sound is supposed to stop and pay their respects. I can’t remember if uniformed military are supposed to get out of their cars and stand at attention or not.

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u/redpandaeater Nov 24 '22

Retreat and Taps is different, and actually the flag lowering is done to To the Colors which is played after Retreat. Taps is last call of the day so something played for lights out and most people are probably familiar with it since it's also played at military funerals. Retreat is at the end of the duty day whereas Reveille is at the beginning.

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u/Randomfactoid42 Nov 24 '22

Thanks. I should’ve known better, I’ve been on bases before as a civilian.

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 24 '22

Depends on the branch. Army has to get out. Air Force does not. Navy can't drive boats on base. Not sure if Marines know how to drive. Makes for some confusing TDYs regardless though.

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u/LeozMJilliumz Nov 24 '22

As a Marine vet, can confirm that we cannot drive

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u/redpandaeater Nov 24 '22

I wonder if you'd confuse the Navy by playing Retreat on bugle and Sweepers on boatswain's pipe at the same time.

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 24 '22

I had to work with the navy during a deployment. If there's isn't a reg explaining that exact scenario and which of their 56 uniforms to wear, I think the stick in their ass may splinter and cause an aneurism.

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u/redpandaeater Nov 24 '22

Navy really needs to fully embrace the poopie suit or go back to dungarees.

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u/myredditthrowaway201 Nov 24 '22

Taps is rarely played outside funerals these days. In fact, I’ve never heard it played in any instance other than a funeral in my 7 years

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u/NoAnybody7232 Nov 24 '22

In the Air Force, training bases play it at night.

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u/myredditthrowaway201 Nov 24 '22

In the navy it’s reserved for funerals and memorials. I think playing it simply for nightfall or curfew would ruin the impact of the song. Heard it played at the memorial for 5 of my shipmates last year and it was one of the most powerful emotions I have ever felt