Rangers to train at Port of Moses Lake

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MOSES LAKE — If things are a little louder this week around the Port of Moses Lake, it’s because U.S. Army Rangers will be in town for nighttime military exercises beginning Tuesday.

According to a press release from the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, Rangers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be “conducting a routine military exercise during the period of darkness between April 9 through 11” using “training ammunition and other training devices to make the exercise as realistic as possible.”

“Soldiers are being tested on their combat skills in a simulated urban environment similar to those they may find during combat missions,” the press release said. “This is a routine military training conducted periodically to maintain a high level of readiness.”

According to the news release, there will be increased nighttime air traffic at the Grant County International Airport, including helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft like the V-22 Osprey.

“Increased air traffic and noise may be associated with a large airborne operations involving (Army Rangers),” as well as training operations solely for aviation units, the press release said.

The press release said the military will do the utmost to keep the noise to a minimum.

“The training is not open to the public or the media,” the press release said.

In August, 2017, U.S. Army troops trained at the Port of Moses Lake, conducting a mock assault on the airport terminal and then running, in conjunction with forces from a number of allied nations, a mock relief and reconstruction effort.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is home to the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, which is “the U.S. Army’s premier special operations raid force,” according to the press release.

“Soldiers must be ready to deploy worldwide on a moment’s notice. Therefore, tough, realistic training conducted regularly gives the (Rangers) a decisive edge for real-world missions,” the press release noted. “Training such as this is the best method to test their readiness capabilities.”

Charles H. Featherstone can be reached via email at cfeatherstone@columbiabasinherald.com.

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