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Undead horde topples humans in Zombie Apocalypse

Zombies walk into the woods prior to the start of the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. As waves of zombies were released, the humans tried to shoot zombies in the head before they were infected by being shot with paintballs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Zombies walk into the woods prior to the start of the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. As waves of zombies were released, the humans tried to shoot zombies in the head before they were infected by being shot with paintballs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Team Barksdale members tie green ribbons on their arms to identify themselves as zombies on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. A Zombie Apocalypse paintball game was held on the East Reservation where participants were given the option of being a human-hunting zombie or a human trying to survive the invasion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Team Barksdale members tie green ribbons on their arms to identify themselves as zombies on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. A Zombie Apocalypse paintball game was held on the East Reservation where participants were given the option of being a human-hunting zombie or a human trying to survive the invasion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

A paintball player prepares canisters of extra paintballs prior to the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The game was held to build camaraderie among Team Barksdale members and Airmen. More than 100 participants played as either zombies or humans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

A paintball player prepares canisters of extra paintballs prior to the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The game was held to build camaraderie among Team Barksdale members and Airmen. More than 100 participants played as either zombies or humans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Human-hunting zombies scatter into the woods prior to the start of the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. More than 100 Team Barksdale members participated in the game and chose to be a zombie or a human trying to survive the invasion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Human-hunting zombies scatter into the woods prior to the start of the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. More than 100 Team Barksdale members participated in the game and chose to be a zombie or a human trying to survive the invasion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Humans rush to hide from zombies during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The game pitted humans against oncoming waves of zombies. The zombies could only be stopped by being shot in the head, but humans who were shot by zombies became infected and had to play for the other side. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Humans rush to hide from zombies during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The game pitted humans against oncoming waves of zombies. The zombies could only be stopped by being shot in the head, but humans who were shot by zombies became infected and had to play for the other side. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

As one of their own becomes infected, after being shot with a paintball by a zombie, humans rush for cover during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The objective for  the humans was to either kill all the zombies or reach the vaccine pod located in the heart of the zombie spawning entrance before all the humans were infected. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

As one of their own becomes infected, after being shot with a paintball by a zombie, humans rush for cover during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The objective for the humans was to either kill all the zombies or reach the vaccine pod located in the heart of the zombie spawning entrance before all the humans were infected. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

A human runs for nearby cover as another hides during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. Before the game, more than 100 Team Barksdale members chose whether to be a human-hunting zombie or a human trying to survive the invasion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

A human runs for nearby cover as another hides during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. Before the game, more than 100 Team Barksdale members chose whether to be a human-hunting zombie or a human trying to survive the invasion. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Humans load their weapons with paintballs prior to the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The game, held on the East Reservation on base, pitted teams of humans against oncoming waves of zombies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Humans load their weapons with paintballs prior to the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. The game, held on the East Reservation on base, pitted teams of humans against oncoming waves of zombies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

A zombie watches for any unsuspecting humans during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. Humans hid behind abandoned wreckage and steel drums, coordinating ways to get around the zombies to obtain the vaccine pod located in the heart of the zombie spawning hole. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

A zombie watches for any unsuspecting humans during the Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. Humans hid behind abandoned wreckage and steel drums, coordinating ways to get around the zombies to obtain the vaccine pod located in the heart of the zombie spawning hole. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

Team Barksdale members wore paintball masks for safety during a nighttime Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. More than 100 Team Barksdale members participated in the game held on the East Reservation on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)
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Team Barksdale members wore paintball masks for safety during a nighttime Zombie Apocalypse paintball game on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Sept. 28, 2013. More than 100 Team Barksdale members participated in the game held on the East Reservation on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Amber Corcoran)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The zombie onslaught began Saturday, Sept. 28, and the human resistance struggled to fight back.

A Zombie Apocalypse paintball game, hosted on Barksdale's east reservation at Clear Lake Park, pitted teams of humans against oncoming waves of zombies. Zombies could only be stopped by being shot in the head, but humans who were shot by zombies became infected, and could only be cured by a vaccine pod located in the heart of the zombie spawning entrance. The battle ended when all zombies were killed, when humans became infected or the vaccine pod was located and grabbed by the humans.

Senior Airman Dustin Ramsey, a zombie apocalypse paintball referee, coached players on both sides about rules and safety before the players entered the paintball field.

"Typically, not more than about 30 people have shown up to paintball games, but we had between 100 and 120 people show up," he said. "It was a very large turnout. Airmen often work long hours and this is a way for them to relieve stress and have fun on weekends."

Before the game, players decided whether they wanted to play paintball as a human-hunting zombie, or as a human trying to survive the invasion.

Doug Robinson, 307th Maintenance Operations Squadron administration clerk, discussed team strategy with his teammates.

"I haven't quite decided if I want to be a zombie or a human," he said. "I think it'd feel exhilarating to hunt zombies. If the zombies win, however, I'd hope there's ultimately a human uprising to wipe them all out."

The human resistance showed they were ready to lock and load by employing guerilla tactics to outsmart the zombies before attempting to shoot them in the head.

The outnumbered humans also had to communicate effectively under fire and coordinate attacks because the zombies continued to pour from the spawning hole.

The zombies advanced on the humans, but weren't able to make an effective attack, while the humans hid behind abandoned wreckage and steels drums coordinating ways to upend the undead horde's attack.

Night fell, and it was unclear if any humans were able to reach the vaccine pod to save their comrades since the warm air turned to fog and the humans could only see silhouettes of their undead enemies.

After the battle, both zombies and humans emerged from the battlefield covered in dirt, sweat and paint. As they removed their paintball gear, they transformed back into their Airmen brothers and sisters, families and friends.

"I got shot in the back before I could kill a human," said Airman 1st Class Caleb Rappl, a 2nd Operations Support Squadron, zombie air traffic controller. "But they weren't able to shoot me in the head. We won. I'm confident and I'm not afraid of a human uprising."

The zombie apocalypse is over for now, but Ramsey sees potential for other battles in the future.

"Paintball builds camaraderie among Airmen," said Ramsey. "I'd like to see it become more like the other intramural sports we have on base."

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