03 August 2006
Whew! It's done. All the ships have come home and the crews are now roaming the streets of Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar in search of good food (plenty), great beer (even more) and nightlife (most!).
As one of the embarked controllers for the event, most of my time was spent making sure the Commodore got his reposnse from the National Command Authority (NCA). I can say that the realism of this event was greatly enhanced by the capabilities of the Armada de Chile and the use of the internet. Many of the "injects" were issued as online news in the form of...a blog! This was a superb use of a universally available media to simulate the events in a crisis.
The people of Chile have been great hosts. Their nation is cohesive and vibrant. I was pleased to meet so many very nice and interesting people! I hope to return here again in the near future to take more time to explore this fine country.