Stealth bomber for Area 51 crowd? U.S. military unit apologizes for tweet

A U.S. military unit apologized on Saturday and deleted a tweet that used the specter of a stealth bomber being deployed against any young people who tried to break into the Area 51 base in Nevada.

The tweet, posted on Friday on the Twitter account of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), took aim at UFO fans and curiosity seekers who poured into the Nevada desert this week, after an online campaign to "storm" the U.S. military base long rumored to house government secrets about extraterrestrial life and spaceships.

Alongside a photo of military men and women standing at attention in uniform in front of a B-2 stealth bomber, it read, "The last thing #Millennials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."

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ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía de archivo del 10 de abril de 2002, un vehículo se desplaza por la llamada carretera extraterrestre cerca de Rachel, Nevada, el poblado más cercano al Area 51. (AP Foto/Laura Rauch, archivo)
An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
An Alien sculpture lines the side of the road in the town of Baker, California, which claims the world's largest thermometer at 134 feet, and it also known as the 'Gateway to Area 51' on March 4, 2019. - The Alien sculptures are part of the business Alien Fresh Jerky remains a popular spot for a break for drivers going to and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
AREA 51, NEVADA, USA, JULY 20, 2016: DigitalGlobe satellite image Area 51. The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
Area 51 guide at the National Atomic Testing Museum. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
rea 51 Alien brothel and diner. Dennis Hof's Nevada's biggest brothel ownershas taken a rundown brothel and opened ane Area 51 Alien Cathouse, with a new science fiction theme. The alien themed center is located just south of the area formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss designed the costumes and decor. Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows brothels. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
Area 51 Alien brothel and diner. Dennis Hof's Nevada's biggest brothel ownershas taken a rundown brothel and opened ane Area 51 Alien Cathouse, with a new science fiction theme. The alien themed center is located just south of the area formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss designed the costumes and decor. Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows brothels. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
Welcome to Rachel, Nevada road sign. Rachel is near Area 51
Woman photographing sign along Highway 375 near Rachel, Nevada. The Highway, which travels near the top secret government base Area 51, was officially designated as the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996.
Sign for Little A'Le'Inn and flying saucer hanging from tow truck, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51.
Parking sign with spaceship, Rachel, Nevada, near Area 51, along Highway 385, also called the Extraterrestrial Highway.
Guard Gate at Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Guard Gate at Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) File Photo near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
UFO & Alien Gift Shop at Little Aleinn on the Exraterrestrial Highway (Highway 375) where Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) is located in Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) File Photo near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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On Saturday, DVIDS said on Twitter that an employee of its DVIDSHub account posted a tweet that "in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defense. It was inappropriate and we apologize for this mistake."

In Nevada, any fears about a serious attempt to raid Area 51 appeared to have been unfounded. About 150 people, some in alien garb, gathered near the base on Friday in a festive atmosphere with only a handful of arrests.

The U.S. military has disowned previous social media posts that some people also criticized as threatening or insensitive.

On Dec. 31, U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the country's nuclear arsenal, apologized for a Twitter message that said it was ready if necessary to drop something "much, much bigger" than the New Year's Eve ball in New York.

And last year the U.S. Air Force apologized for a tweet that sought to find humor in killing Taliban militants in Afghanistan by invoking a viral Internet debate about whether an audio file says the words "Laurel" or "Yanny."

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by David Gregorio)

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