Yup, we were still kinda jumpy at first, but then again, anything to alleviate the dull routine of tower guard.
“QRF”: Quick Reaction Force. Every base has a team set aside for immediate response to emergencies or events that come up. The duty rotates among units at the base, so you may be on QRF for a few days, then “off” for a few days. You waited in your vehicles, suited up, armor, weapons, ready to react at a moment’s notice. If nothing happens, you get to spend the time training, reading or maybe dozing in the sun, waiting for the call to come deal with something. A big base like Camp Victory would have several QRFs spread among the units, each assigned to sectors of responsibility. If a big attack happens, QRFs react and buy time for the rest of the base to grab their gear and defend the perimeter, if necessary. That never happened to us at Victory while I was there; Camp Vic was too big.
The chance to over-react and roll out, all thunder and bluster, was a good way to spice up a day that might have otherwise been kinda tedious.