Surveying the surrounds at Albuquerque International Airport
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Southeast of Albuquerque rests the Manzano Mountains. Not as massive as the Sandias, but an impressive range nonetheless and our central point of focus upon landing yesterday afternoon.
One thing that jumps out for this Easterner is the lack of green. Of course there isn't any green ... we're in the desert after all. But as one local pointed out, there are still plenty of transplants who defy the climate to spend an tremendous amount water, money and time for a patch of grass.
Upon hitting the runway, we're welcomed to the city with a plethora of military aircraft via Kirkland Air Force Base. Huge carriers, fleets of helicopters and a squadron or two of Ospreys.
For those of you who don't know, Ospreys are one of those nifty creations classified as a tiltrotor aircraft. Basically, it takes off like a helicopter and cruises like a turboprop plane. First introduced in 2007, they've seen action in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Soon enough we were at the gate. Baggage gathered, rental car located and hotel found.
Competitors and staff were scattered through the hallways. Each anxious in anticipation of the coming events. Tactical Competitions start at 8:00 am local time ... a few hours from now. The National Police Shooting Championships open for business Monday morning.
Pictures, scores and stories to come ... look out.