Special to South Carolina Military News
McENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE – Overnight military exercises conducted at McEntire Joint National Guard Base Aug. 14-17 might arouse the concerns of surrounding communities. The Eastover base has issued advance notice to its neighbors and areas as far away as Camden that increased air traffic and noise are likely to accompany the special training.
The South Carolina Air National Guard base is hosting soldiers from Fort Benning’s 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, as well as Army and Air Force special operations units from Florida and Kentucky. To make the exercise as realistic as possible, participants will use training ammunition and a number of low-flying rotary and fixed-wing aircraft during late-night and pre-dawn combat scenarios.
This is a routine exercise, conducted periodically to maintain high levels of readiness for the military personnel involved. Thorough safety surveys and risk assessments are conducted before and during exercises of this nature.
Brig. Gen. Scott Williams, commander for McEntire’s 169th Fighter Wing, said: “We are proud to be one of the few military installations with the ability to host such important training for our Army and active-duty Air Force colleagues. We also are extremely sensitive to the concerns of our neighbors and have taken every measure to reduce the amount of noise generated overnight. We appreciate the understanding and support of the surrounding community during the exercise.”
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. Tough, realistic military exercises help provide a decisive edge during real-world missions.