JBLM battalion’s overnight exercises could mean noise for area this week

adam.ashton@thenewstribune.comNovember 11, 2013 

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Army Ranger battalion plans to spend several days holding intense, overnight exercises that might be audible to civilian communities in the South Sound area this week.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will be training from Monday to Nov. 18 at Lewis-McChord. Afterward, they will head to Moses Lake in Central Washington. The combined length of the exercise will be 11 days. The exercise will involve soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and Air Force Special Operations Command.

A mix of aircraft will be involved, including AH-6 Little Birds, MH-60 Black Hawks, MH-47 Chinooks, AC-130 Hercules gunships, CV-22 Osprey and C-17 Globemaster III Cargo jets. The Rangers also will train with simulated munitions and small pyrotechnics.

“The unit is extremely sensitive to the impact that such military exercises has on local citizens and we intend to train safely and courteously,” the Army said in announcing the exercise. “Every measure will be taken to reduce the amount of noise associated with this training.”

The Ranger battalion recently completed its 16th combat deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan since the wars began in 2001.


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