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US Commandos Hold Training Exercise at Boston School

Last month, a short press release was published from the City of Boston. It the first sentence of that press release read, “Joint federal military training exercises will take place within and around the Boston area between July 26th and August 5th.”

This exercise took place on August 1st, catching many of the residents off guard and forcing most to start asking questions about what was really going on.

The press release went on to vaguely describe the exercise:

“Military personnel will conduct training exercises to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments, and meet mandatory training certification requirements. Helicopters will be used in some exercises.”

The press release did not indicate the exact time or place the exercise would occur.

Military Exercise at Abandoned Boston School

However, it seemed that the main area was focused around the Agassiz Elementary School. Some eyewitnesses also claimed to have noticed activity as far out as the Fore River Bridge. The school was recently closed this year and was completely abandoned when the exercise took place.

The military exercise was a joint effort between the Boston Police Department and the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Kim Tiscione, military spokesperson, told the Jamaica Plains Gazette, “We have been training at the school. [The Commandos] need to be able to clear and secure an unfamiliar environment.”

Though most of the exercise went relatively unnoticed, it did grab the attention of the local residents when an unmarked helicopter landed at the school.

City Officials Involved: “Appropriate Measures” Were Taken

City officials, along with military officials both contend that appropriate measures were taken to keep the public safe throughout the exercise. For example, Tiscione stated that neither the helicopter nor the participants of the exercise carried live ammunition.

chinook exercise

The overall objective of the exercise was to practice urban military operations in an unfamiliar area. There are military facilities available to conduct exercises such as this, but when unfamiliar areas are used, they provide new challenges for troops.

The reason for such secrecy and vagueness is to keep these exercises private. Military officials did not want these sessions recorded, nor did they want to draw large crowds. Both of which would be a safety and an intelligence issue.

The exercise ended on August 5th with no reported issues, and a “success” according to the military.

Unfortunately, days after the end of this particular exercise, a NATO Chinook helicopter crash landed in Afghanistan over the weekend, killing all 30 American troops on board, as well as 8 Afghans as well.

Today, Monday August 8th, media outlets are reporting that another NATA Chinook helicopter made a “hard landing” in east Afghanistan, but there were no casualties.

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