Marines To Conduct Urban Training In South Central Va.

October 28, 2007

Residents in south central Virginia may hear helicopters flying and Marines patrolling on foot in coming days.

About 2,000 Marines and sailors are set to conduct realistic urban training exercises over the next two weeks throughout the region.

The training is for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the landing force for the Norfolk-based Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group. The group is set to deploy overseas later this spring and the training is designed to expose the Marines to realistic scenarios in an urban area.

The exercises are running from Sunday through November 11th in Martinsville, Danville, Chatham, South Boston, Crewe and Fork Union. The unit will operate out of Fort Pickett in Blackstone.

Marines will be trained to conduct a variety of missions that they may be called upon to perform, including noncombatant evacuation operations and raids.

Unit public affairs officer Captain Kelly Frushour says it's valuable for Marines to train off base. Frushour says residents will be notified about mock raids in the area.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 10851631 - newsplex.com/a?a=10851631