JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD – Rangers from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct a military exercise Sept. 1 and 2, in the vicinity of Elma, Wash., about 40 miles southwest of JBLM.
Some of the Rangers’ training will be conducted during the day, but to make the exercise as realistic as possible, much will be conducted during hours of darkness.
Army helicopters will fly the Rangers from JBLM to the Elma vicinity. Residents who live between JBLM and Elma may experience low-altitude helicopter flyovers and increased air traffic. Residents may also hear simulated munitions and pyrotechnics, which could cause loud noises.
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.
This training exercise was coordinated with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and local officials. The training is closed to the public and the media.
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.
The 75th Ranger Regiment and U.S. Army Special Operations Command would like to thank Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Elma, Wash., community for their support during the exercise and their understanding of any inconveniences this training may cause.