JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at JBLM will conduct a military training exercise Nov. 11-22 at JBLM and in the vicinity of Moses Lake, Wash. Units from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., will also be participating.
This training has been fully coordinated with JBLM and Moses Lake city officials.
Rangers are being tested on their combat skills in a simulated urban environment similar to those they may find during combat missions. This is a routine military exercise conducted periodically to maintain a high level of combat readiness for the Rangers.
During the first week of the exercise, the training will occur at McChord Field on JBLM. To make the exercise as realistic as possible, it will be conducted during hours of darkness, during which nearby residents may hear increased air traffic. Rangers will use simulated munitions and small pyrotechnics, which may cause loud noises.
The aircraft involved may include helicopters such as Little Birds (AH-6), Black Hawks (MH-60), and Chinooks (MH-47); and, AC-130 Hercules, CV-22 Ospreys and C-17 Globemaster III airplanes and other fixed wing aircraft moving troops and providing close air support.
The unit is extremely sensitive to the impact that such military exercises has on local citizens and we intend to train safely and courteously. Every measure will be taken to reduce the amount of noise associated with this training.
As with all training, safety is the first priority. Rangers will receive up-to-date safety briefings and safety standards must be observed at all times during training.
The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and versatile special operations force that conducts forcible entry operations and special operations raids across the entire spectrum of combat. Therefore, tough, realistic military exercises conducted regularly give the Rangers a decisive edge for real-world missions. Exercises such as this are the best method to test their readiness capabilities.
The 75th Ranger Regiment and U.S. Army Special Operations Command would like to thank Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the surrounding communities for their support during the exercise and their understanding of any inconveniences this training may cause.