To say that folks across the country are a little on edge with the upcoming Operation Jade Helm 15 military training exercise would be an understatement. Especially the folks down in Texas, where the main drill will be taking place.
Here’s an excerpt from The Statesman in regard to an upcoming meeting representatives from Jade Helm will be having with Bastrop County, Texas commissioners on 27 April, in an attempt to alleviate some of the concern. Or, could it really just be more smoke and mirrors from an ever-further reaching Federal Government?
Officials say the training, which will be held in Bastrop County from July 15 to Sept. 15, will develop techniques and tactics needed by the military to defend U.S. interests around the globe.
Many Americans have expressed strong concern over the training on social media, and locally some Bastrop County residents have stated their apprehension for the military training to local county officials. Officials have responded by saying that JADE HELM 15, a form of Realistic Military Training (RMT), will coordinate with local law enforcement agencies and local property owners affected by this training exercise.
“The nature of warfare is always changing and U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s mission is to make certain the Army’s various Special Operations Forces are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide special operations in support of our nation’s interest,” Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a command spokesman, told the Washington Post in an email, according to a March 31 news article. “Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers and leadership in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat.”
According to information received by the county, RMT is training conducted outside of federally owned property. The RMT process is designed to ensure proper coordination between Department of Defense representatives and local and regional authorities. The process includes the following measures:
– Risk Assessment, Medical, and Communications Plans
– MOU, MOA, and Licensing agreements (training areas, staging areas, role players)
– Legal Review
– ID of training, staging areas, role players, airfield, drop zones and landing zones surveys
– Letters of Invitations obtained from the local officials (Mayor, County Commission)
– Coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement
– Public Affairs Review
The JADE HELM 15 presentation to commissioners will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 804 Pecan St., 2nd floor, and is open to the public. The meeting starts at 9 a.m., the military training presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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