Thursday, July 25, 2013

Army Conducts Nighttime Exercises in Downtown Chicago

English: An MH-6 Little Bird from 160th SOAR c...
Following up on recent and unannounced training exercises in Florida and Washington state, the U.S. military is conducting a drill in Chicago. The Windy City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday it is providing support for “routine military training exercises,” including flying helicopters in the downtown area of the city at night.

“The training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents,” the OEMC said in a statement released to the public. According to a 2013 U.S. Census Bureau report, 2,695,598 people live in Chicago. Population density is 11,841.8 residents per square mile, making it one of the most populated urban areas in the United States.

The “realistic urban training” conducted by the U.S. Special Operations Command, based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, includes the participation of soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment headquartered in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. According to the Tribune, the training is designed to prepare military personnel for overseas deployments. Read more >>
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