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COUNTY: Fairfax County
LOCATION DETAILS: This is an active US Army Airfield with sensitive areas (restricted) on post. At the time when I was there, the Night Vision Labs were testing NV Goggles on helicopter pilots.
Davison AAF is located off Route 1, Richmond Highway.
NEAREST TOWN: Ft Belvoir
NEAREST ROAD: Route 1
OBSERVED: This was at Davison US Army Airfield, Ft Belvoir Virginia. This was a while back so please hang in there with me.
From late 1977 to Dec 1979 I was assigned to Davison as a Military Policeman. The airfield is not that large and I am pretty sure it's still an active military installation even now. The airfield is pretty much surrounded by a wooded area and part of the airfield is on a small swamp. When I started working there I was chided by other MP's to be careful of the so called "DUSAA Swamp Monster" it was called.
We had to have a walking 2 man patrol a couple times a night walk the perimeter fence inside the field area. There were countless times while on those walking patrols that I occasionally made, where sounds were heard not only from the swamp area but also the wooded area along the south perimeter fence. By sounds I mean you could hear branches breaking, not small branches mind you, but I mean a VERY LOUD audible CRACK, you'd hear dogs barking in the distance and occasionally some kind of animal - which after hearing recordings on the net of a Squatch - they sounded AWFUL familiar!
Randomly I also had to pull guard at the main gate which is right there on Route 1 - the main entrance to the airfield. I've had the crap scared out of me more than I like to think about at that gate at night - you're there all by yourself in a small wooden gate shack with 1 street light right above you and that's it. Anyway, to the south in the woods I've heard bangs (what you all call knocks) and animal noises, I've seen deer running like all hell and jump the fence on to the air field in the middle of the night getting away from something and only 1 time, and it was 1 time way too many, when I saw a deer following the fence at about 2 AM one night and I heard something in the woods, I yelled out and I saw the red reflection of 2 eyes staring at me back from the blackness just inside the trees just out of range of the street light - I still see those eyes when I think about it and it's been what... 34 years!!!
One night, about 10pm, or there about, I had a civilian motorist come to the gate off highway 1 and ask me to call the State Police, I asked why and he said this big BIG hairy thing... yup he said thing ... walked across the road in front of him and headed onto Ft Belvoir property and he almost hit it. He thought at first it was a man in a gorilla suit but it was way too tall to be a man. This guy was shaking like hell too. I told him that it's probably gone by now and the [troopers] probably would not find it. I had heard of other reports by motorists and even the State Police about sightings along Route 1 between DUSAA and Ft Belvoir. This happened year round, almost any month of the year.
ALSO NOTICED: As I said, there had been numerous times, at random times of the evening/night that I had heard bangs and branch (which sounded more like a whole tree) breaking and other strange animal sounds and there was no way I was going alone out there to see what it was. LOL
OTHER WITNESSES: Other Military personnel and Military Policeman have also heard the sounds coming from the swamp and wooded area.
OTHER STORIES: I was told by military personnel on base and other MP's that this kind of stuff had been going on since before they were assigned there.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Mostly from about Sunset to early morning - after sunset it is DARK, no if's and's or but's!
ENVIRONMENT: Pine Wooded area, swamp, creek (I think). I think there is a housing community on the south side of the wooded area (I think this has been built since I was last there in 1979).
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator D.K.:
After conversing with the witness, the following information can be added to this report:
When he saw the red eyes looking back at him, he was pulling guard duty at the entrance gate to Davison Army Air Field on Britten Drive, just off U.S. Route 1, Richmond Highway.
The gate shack was about 15 feet long by 6 feet wide and ran parallel to the road, standing in the middle of it.
Facing south toward Richmond Highway, the area where the eyes appeared would be to the right, in the woods.
There is a drop off, a small ravine on that side and on the other side of the fence it raises back up again in a gentle slope.
It was at night and the eyes were just far enough into the woods that the street light could just barely light up the trees, and the eyes were just back a little farther back from there.
Because of the terrain, he estimates the eyes were at least 7 to 8 feet off the ground and a bit wider than a human's eyes. He had seen deer in that area before, and it was well above their normal eye height.
Referring to the motorist who almost hit something big and hairy crossing Route 1, this witness did see skid marks on the way to work the next evening at the location where the motorist reports nearly hitting a creature.
This area of Fort Belvoir was relatively undeveloped in the period this witness was stationed there. It is still heavily forested in parts, and the area could easily provide cover to a sasquatch should it choose to pass through.
About BFRO Investigator D.K.:
D.K. is a business executive with an MS in Systems Engineering. Formerly a linguistic analyst, he applies his knowledge to the collection and study of sasquatch vocals and communication patterns. BFRO expeditions attended: Tennessee 2010, Pennsylvania 2011, Ohio 2012, West Virginia 2012 & West Virginia 2013