A Houston woman says her husband has no choice but to stay in the middle east while tonight many Americans flee after a
global travel alert shut down 19 embassies overseas.
According to experts, the real concern is in Yemen, a place not common for tourists from Houston. However, there are many working
in the middle east right now and Randy Armstrong of Katy is one of them.
"He works overseas at an air base over in Afghanistan. He's the manager at the main warehouse" it's like his second home says Pam Armstrong,
Randy's wife. Three months on and 21 days off, "he's actually tried to get a job here but they just don't pay enough to support a family of 5." Armstrong admits
worrying about her husband while working overseas, and especially now with a global travel alert in effect.
He'll usually check in by phone she says, in fact she talked to him just two days ago. She says, he'll never say anything about the dangers
but rather always about how well he's doing, "I don't think he likes to... you know worry me and the kids when he tells us over the phone
but we hear the stories when he's home." For other Houstonians in the same situation Chris Bronk, a former diplomat for the State Department
says, oil and gas companies here in Houston typically have strong security teams that monitor these alerts.
"Does this mean that some of those folks might have to reconsider operations in the country for security
reasons? Possibly. The security staff of these companies are very capable and will be able to weigh out the
pros and cons of pulling back operations." And for those who aren't working but may have travel plans Bronk says, be extra vigilant,
"we're really talking about small groups of people ones and twos. I mean the Hassan case started today
that was one guy with a gun who didn't an incredible amount of damage this is the world we live in" he says. It's also a way of life
for families like the Armstrong's, "my husband even says he does consider staying there until he retires...I mean we can't be so
afraid that we are changing our lives because of terrorists" she says.