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Noise alert

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 28, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
February 28, 2008 4:55 pm

Fort Lewis wants the public to know that soldiers are going to be doing some more loud shooting at night.

March 5-16, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., they’ll be firing 81 mm mortars and demolitions.

March 8-9, day and night, they’ll be using bangalore torpedos. What’s a bangalore torpedo, you ask? Surely you’ll recall their use in the riveting opening scenes of “Saving Pvt. Ryan,” when beleagured Joes use them to blast their way up and off of Omaha Beach. But they have other uses:

March 8-9, day and night, they’ll be shooting the 105mm Howitzers.

And March 9-12, day and night, they’ll be shooting the 155mm Howitzers.

Says the Army:

This is normally scheduled and required training, which allows Soldiers to practice and improve skills required during combat. As often as possible, Fort Lewis conducts larger scale demolition training and artillery firing at the Yakima Training Center in an effort to minimize inconvenience for the surrounding communities. However, some training must take place on the Fort Lewis military reservation.

Queries or comments about noise may be directed to the I Corps Public Affairs Office’s External Communication Division hot line at (253) 967-0852, daily.

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