Occurred : 7/22/2017 22:15 (Entered as : 072217 22:15)
|I witnessed two ball like objects possibly observing a platoon live fire training exsercice in Poland.
On the night of July 22nd, 2017, around 2215 hours, I was a gunner on a .50 Cal machine gun on a Stryker armored vehicle, supporting a platoon live fire training event on a Polish military range just outside Bemowo Piskie. We had pull off to the side of one of the roads leading into the range waiting for a call to provide support. What happened next, I cannot explain.
While adjusting my night time optics which consisted of a PSQ-20 mono style helmet mounted thermal and night vision device, a ball like light appeared in the night vision setting currently set on my optic. The object appeared just atop the tree line possibly 700 meters to my exact front, however since my optic only covers one eye my depth proception was off and an exact distance is very hard to gauge. The ball appeared to what could have been maybe 10 feet across and the light it was giving off in my night vision optics was blinding. But despite all this, that’s not the strange part. What got me was that when I closed my optic aided eye to look with my unaided eye, this object was completely invisible against the clear night sky. I was baffled that I couldn’t see this bright light that had just blinded me with my naked eye and looked through my optic again. The object was still there but the intensity of the light had dimmed. It hovered in the break of the tree line for about 90 seconds before it began to descend to the left slowly.
Now when all this was going on I had simply figured that this was just an infrared flare on a parachute fired from one of the mortar teams that were training that same night. But when the ball of light finally dipped below the tree line and faded out of site, a second object of the same description appeared in the same break in the trees. At this point I flipped my optics over to their thermal setting and observed. The object was ball shaped again and was bright red hot in my thermals. I changed over to night vison again. Once again, the object was blinding bright. And when I closed my optic covered eye to observe with my unaided eye, the object couldn’t be see.
When IR motors are fired they go up and release their flare at about a thousand feet and begin to float down to earth. However, while these flares are meant to give off intense illumination viewable through night vison they also have a dull red visible light that can be seen with the naked eye simply for the purposes of being able to track where the flare is drifting.
The objects I was witnessing gave off no visible light, nor did I hear any mortars being fired. And trust me even if the mortar is a distance away, they a very audible. The now second ball of light seem to follow the same flight path as the first object that I had seen. It hovered in place for about 90 second in place. I felt like it was watching me, observing my weapons and my armored vehicle. After 90 seconds, it began to descend down to the left just as the first. Then it vanished. “It must have been a flare” I thought to myself. It was gone for only a moment when from behind the trees it rose directly up, not violently, but by no means was it slow. This was the moment I knew that it was not man made. Once again it hovered above the tree line. It had to have been watching all the military activity in the area. Without warning like when the first object appeared its brightness in my night vison increased dramatically. To a point where it felt like someone was shining an IR l! aser in my night vison. Then after the intense brightness it vanished. I would only see the one object leave I cannot account for what happened to the other object I witnessed.
I’ve served as a scout in the army for over three years now. One of the fundamentals of reconnaissance is to report all information rapidly and accurately. When all this was going on, I took note of my surroundings. There was no disruption to my equipment and radios, my weapons were functioning and in good shape. The surrounding wild life wasn’t disturbed and other than wracked nerves I felt ok. I decided to keep quiet about my entire experience. How could I explain to my Sergant that I had witnessed multiple objects only visible to thermals and the IR spectrum but was invisible to the naked eye. I’m charged with several million dollars of government equipment and weapons, they would have lost confidence in me. This is why I’m reporting this to you. I want someone to listen to my story and tell me what it was I was witnessing. NOTE: The above image is real but from other night vision encounters.
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