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Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:50 pm

A Army helicopter training exercise which involved low flying helicopters unknown to the local residents spooks Port Angeles, Washington.

The 160th Combat Aviation Brigade who has dual ops at Joint Base McChord-Lewis, Washington and Fort Campbell, Kentucky piloted the helicopters which carried seal team six on the mission into Pakistan which ultimately lead to the demise of Bin Laden

Courtesy AP http://www.theleafchronicle.com/view...helicopters-buzzed-Washington-city
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:07 pm

They passed over my house and I just thought it's another exercise... probably those that panicked thought it was either DEA or Immigration.
 
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:23 pm

[quote=kanban,reply=1]probably those that panicked thought it was either DEA or Immigration.[/quote

Ah a demographics awareness exercise. Strait Juan De Fuca is the maritime boundary between Canada and U.S. if memory serves me.

I wonder if the Army helicopters were flying maritime search and rescue sorties with CG Air Station Port Angeles.

I'm glad the article didn't refer to the helicopters as choppers like much of the media does. The print media is a little better than their television counterparts. There fricken helicopters not choppers.
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:17 am

Quoting GentFromAlaska (Reply 2):
I wonder if the Army helicopters were flying maritime search and rescue sorties with CG Air Station Port Angeles.

They are overhead frequently.. I'm puzzled why Port Angeles panics.. I suppose sometimes they're headed to Alaska, however coming up this side of Hood Canal seems a longer route and they have to watch noise restrictions around the Olympic Park.

Quoting GentFromAlaska (Reply 2):
Ah a demographics awareness exercise. Strait Juan De Fuca is the maritime boundary between Canada and U.S. if memory serves me.

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Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:54 am

Ah, the NIMBY crowd...
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Sun Jul 14, 2013 2:16 am

Quoting kanban (Reply 3):
We don't stop Canadians.. they have deep wallets..

Funny, we say that about Americans!
 
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:09 am

I suppose several low flying CH-47 Chinook helicopters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSzeM50B8hI complemented with several Army Blackhawk helicopters could spook a town at 11:30ish PM at night. It would certainly arouse my curiosity. If it was just a fly over and not an exercise I don't see the need to notify local authorities.

Its a common day occurrence where I grew up adjacent next to the third largest Army base in the U.S. In the pride deparatment it's hard to look-up and see both kinds of aircraft often and just say Hooah and know you live in the greatest country on earth.

I can't help but think the buzzing of Port Angeles by a Boeing product CH-47 Chinook which by name fame has a connection to the King Salmon of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The Blackhawk not so much which is a Sikorski product and made on the other coast.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:04 am

What exactly did they think was happening? An invasion? LoL...oh brother...common sense is dead in the U.S.
 
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Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:28 pm

Quoting checksixx (Reply 7):
What exactly did they think was happening? An invasion? LoL...oh brother...common sense is dead in the U.S.

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Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:35 pm

Just a stupid over reaction.. it appears to be a bunch of people who were distracted from the late night TV and called emergency to find out where the action was.. except the dispatchers didn't know.

here's the latest.. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/ar...-visitor-tonight-army-colonel-from

and many of the public are faulting the mayor for ridiculous escalation of a normal and routine event.
 
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:04 pm

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 4):
Ah, the NIMBY crowd...

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but Port Angeles isn't exactly next door to JBLM. And, from what the media is reporting the training mission went on for 3 1/2 hours up until 2am.

I think it's just being a good neighbor for the military to make a call to the local mayor and let them him/her know what's about to happen so they can put it out on the radio. All this could have been avoided with a press release and a phone call. I'd probably be mad if Chinooks were flying 750' above my house at 1am and woke up my kid.

I might be wrong on this, but I think the unit was the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The ones that flew the SEALs in to kill Bin Laden. Guys can sneak into Abbottabad to off OBL, but wake up a whole town on the Peninsula.
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:47 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 10):
I'd probably be mad if Chinooks were flying 750' above my house at 1am and woke up my kid.

it woke the mayor's dog, and rattled the drinks at the casino.

They also came over all the towns on Hood Canal, including mine, swung over Sequim.. yes it woke me up.. but I said to myself, just military helicopters and went back to sleep.. However, only Port Angeles panicked.. this in a town where if you don't like a neighbor, you bulldoze his house..
 
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:05 pm

Yeah, kinda odd at 0200. The PR dept at JBLM let the locals know when the Army is going to be doing artillery/armor live fires. Kinda cool to be in the Lacey area with the rolling thunder going on. Lulls me to sleep at night actually...  
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:30 am

It's not just the 160th SOAR that does extensive night ops. Every aviation unit does lots of NVG and some night unaided ops. Keep in mind that it does not get dark until past 9 PM, and NVG operations won't kick off until it is dark. Could have been anybody out at that time of night (or morning). ARNG, USAR, active, they all have to train, and out at 2 AM is not abnormal. Chinooks do make a bit more racket with the blade slap, so maybe it created more attention.
 
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:25 am

Well I haven't quite figured out how to quote on a mobile phone yet so please excuse that. Anyway, I do a lot of work over on the Peninsula and the folks at JBLM don't normally do night ops over there. I get if you live close to the base like bhill that's the cost of living there. Just like I have little sympathy for people on Whidbey Is. that complain about the noise around the base. Personally, I would be ok with it because you have to know theres a military base nearby.

But, if the military decides to fly over to the Port Angeles area for few hours in the middle of the night and doesn't spend the time to even send out a press release they deserve having a little fallout for it. Apparently they do or they wouldn't go through the efforts to apologize for it.
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:05 am

There's some stupidity in this whole mess.. The Coast Guard knew they were coming and gave them permission to land.. Now if I was an aware police type in Port Angeles, on hearing obvious military helicopters, I would call the Coast Guard first to see what they knew.. I would be even more inclined to call when I saw them land at the Coast Guard station.. however a logical approach is not a common approach.. hand wringing and whining is.
 
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:32 pm

Quoting kanban (Reply 15):
There's some stupidity in this whole mess.. The Coast Guard knew they were coming and gave them permission to land.. Now if I was an aware police type in Port Angeles, on hearing obvious military helicopters, I would call the Coast Guard first to see what they knew.. I would be even more inclined to call when I saw them land at the Coast Guard station.. however a logical approach is not a common approach.. hand wringing and whining is.

Agreed. I don't have a problem with them doing night ops over there, just that a small oversight turned into a big deal because of something as simple as a phone call. I bet they do that next time and for the most part I think the base and public are pretty much over it.
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:54 pm

Folks, this is the special operation flying team that fly the SEALSs around. So even if it's only training, I don't think they would want to have it widely publicized prior to the flight.

After the training? Have all the publicity . . . and all the apologies you want . . .


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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:11 am

Quoting bikerthai (Reply 17):
Folks, this is the special operation flying team that fly the SEALSs around.

I know that DEVGRU got a lot of (unwanted) pub because of the raid to kill Bin Laden, but it's getting on my nerves a bit that suddenly the SEALs are the be-all and end-all of American special operations units.

Not really specifically calling you out, just that the way the quoted sentence read kinda reminded me of what things have been like the last 2 years...

Also, the 160th SOAR does a LOT more than "fly the SEALs around."

Here's a little tidbit on something they've done that's pretty impressive in its own right.
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RE: Army Training Exercise Spooks Local Residents

Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:28 pm

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 18):

Not really specifically calling you out, just that the way the quoted sentence read kinda reminded me of what things have been like the last 2 years...

Getting called out on a-net is nothing new. Goes with the territory 

Yep, lots of unwanted publicity over the last 2 years (don't forget the Somali pirate incident) . Don't know if they can ever get back "under the radar" as they would want to be.

Guess we'll have to get into a decade or two peace before that will happen . . .

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