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Two weeks of noise and other activity near Fort Lewis

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on July 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm with No Comments »
July 11, 2009 11:00 pm

Army Rangers from Fort Lewis, along with military aviators from Kentucky and Florida, will join forces for two weeks of training exercises starting Monday. And their spokespeople warn neighbors that they might notice increased noise, low-flying aircraft, and more air traffic coming and going during that time.

The training is scheduled from July 13 to July 27 and involves fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The public may report any concerns to the Fort Lewis Community Relations hotline at 253-967-0852.

But in general, the Army has asked the surrounding community to understand the importance of this training for the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. A statement from Fort Lewis public affairs says, in part:

Tough, realistic training is critical to prepare Army Rangers for their mission to stand ready to deploy anywhere in the world and conduct high-intensity military operations at a moment’s notice. This is scheduled training, conducted at regular intervals, to maintain individual soldier and unit readiness. … Every measure to reduce the amount of noise associated with the training will be taken, and we appreciate the support of the local community.

We at The News Tribune wish we could check out the training and tell you more about it, but Fort Lewis officials say it won’t be open for media coverage because of “operational security and safety reasons.”

Some of the training will be held at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane.

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