Air Force commander: Zombie-response plan will fly

ABILENE, Texas - If hordes of the walking dead ever rush the main gate at Dyess Air Force Base, area residents can rest easy: The commander of the 7th Bomb Wing has a plan.

Not only is Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck charged with providing highly trained airmen and dominant air power to any national-security mission around the world, he is also prepared to handle a zombie apocalypse.

VanHerck's blueprint for battling brain-eaters came in response to an online question in the "Commander's Corner," a digital Q&A forum for Dyess personnel.

In June, a member of the Dyess community asked, "What is the wing king's zombie-preparedness plan? I'm curious to see how he plans to survive if there ever is one."

VanHerck's response went viral in the Air Force community -- even grabbing the attention of the Air Force Times, which spoofed it in its digital comic series.

But the newly promoted brigadier general said the purpose of his anti-zombie plan was to make him appear more human, shall we say, in the eyes of airmen.

"I wanted to show Team Dyess, our families and the local community, that I am approachable," VanHerck told the Abilene Reporter-News.

"I wanted our folks to know that no question is too menial or silly for me to address," he said, "and I am genuinely interested in what our airmen have to say."

In answering the online question, VanHerck didn't hesitate to lay out his masterful yet imaginative action plan against the walking dead. First, he would make sure the base is secure.

Next, "To get the word out about the zombie attack or possible other events, we'd need to alert our personnel by posting notifications to the Dyess Air Force Base website, social media and the Commander's Access Channel."

Then, he said "to protect our assets and the installation, I would direct our civil engineers and logistics readiness squadron to use their equipment to further fortify the base, adding physical barriers in addition to our gates and fences."

Civilians wouldn't be left out of the plan. The base would use its C-130Js to airdrop food and supplies to Abilene neighborhoods. After all of this, the base would unleash its B-1Bs to take out the zombies.

At least, that's how VanHerck imagines it.

"Where's the fun in being the commander of one of the Air Force's premier bases if I can't plot a zombie-apocalypse response plan in my downtime?" VanHerck joked. "And what has the world come to if I can't laugh -- even at myself -- every once in a while?"

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