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Look for more Army convoys on South Sound roads

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm with No Comments »
January 21, 2011 4:45 pm

Sure, South Sound drivers noticed traffic thickening last year as thousands of soldiers returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from combat deployments in the Middle East.

Now they’ll start to see more military vehicles on highways as the base picks up the tempo for training.

Next week, the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is scheduled to hit Interstates 5 and 90 on its route to the Yakima Training Center. Expect to see convoys of up to 25 vehicles, including the brigade’s eight-wheeled Strykers.

Convoys are expected to run at off-peak driving hours. They’ll become a regular sight as the base prepares its soldiers for future assignments.

Here are some tips from the base on how to travel around the Army convoys:

* Use caution when approaching or passing convoys of military vehicles.
* Keep a safe distance from the convoys and don’t insert yourself into the middle of a military convoy.
* Military drivers have passed an extensive drivers training program and are well versed in safety procedures and safety measures to include maintaining proper intervals between vehicles, proper speed, and rotation of drivers.

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