FORT LEWIS, WA — U.S. Army Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., are conducting a military exercise Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 here and at Yakima Training Center. Soldiers will use training ammunition and other training devices to make the exercise as realistic as possible. To conduct this training, a number of different aircraft that belong to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and the Air Force Special Operations Command will be used.
There will be periods of increased air traffic, to include low-flying aircraft – both helicopters and airplanes – during hours of darkness. Increased air traffic and noise may be associated with a large airborne operation involving the Rangers, as well as training activities involving only Special Operations aviation units conducting nape-of-the-earth flights (flying low to the ground) and aerial refueling.
This is routine training conducted periodically to maintain a high level of readiness for the military personnel involved. We are extremely sensitive to the impact such training has on local citizens and we intend to train safely and courteously. Every measure to reduce the amount of noise associated with the training will be taken. We appreciate the support of the citizens and residents in the surrounding areas during this training.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is the U.S. Army’s premier raid force. Rangers must be ready to deploy worldwide on a moment’s notice. Therefore, tough, realistic training conducted regularly gives the Rangers a decisive edge for real-world missions. Training such as this is the best method to test their readiness capabilities.
For more information about the training exercise contact the Public Affairs Office for the 75th Ranger Regiment at 706-545-4260.