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Expect loud noises from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday from training exercise

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm with No Comments »
March 1, 2013 2:25 pm

Don’t worry about any shooting or other loud noises heard coming from Joint Base Lewis-McChord this weekend.

Officials said soldiers will be training with a 105 mm Howitzer, which is a lightweight towed weapon that provides direct support fires to light, airborne and air assault forces.  A Howitzer is 17-feet long, weighs more than 3,000 pounds and requires eight people to man it, according to the Army.

The training will extend from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday, with increased activity at night.

“This is normally scheduled and required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills required during combat,” according to a JBLM news release.

Questions or comments about the noise can be directed to the JBLM Public Affairs Office’s External Communication Division hot line at 253-967-0852.

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