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JBLM will be booming with 3 weeks of drills

Pvt. Torance Tate and Spc. Ivan Partida, from left, steady the barrel of a M-777 howitzer as it’s maneuvered for transport during a training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on March 3, 2011.
Pvt. Torance Tate and Spc. Ivan Partida, from left, steady the barrel of a M-777 howitzer as it’s maneuvered for transport during a training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on March 3, 2011. Staff file, 2011

Infantry, artillery and special operations units will be conducting three weeks’ worth of mortar and howitzer training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Day and night trainings are scheduled weekdays through Aug. 31, though some drills could also take place Saturday or Aug. 27, according to a news release.

The mandatory readiness training is designed to evaluate and certify the participating infantry, artillery and special operations units, the release states.

Soldiers will be using howitzers, as well as 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortars during the exercises.

Anyone with questions about the training is asked to contact JBLM’s Public Affairs Office at 253-967-0852.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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