JBER to conduct live-fire training through Wednesday

thanlon@adn.comJanuary 31, 2014 

U.S. Army Alaska officials warn residents at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and in East Anchorage that they may hear loud explosions until Feb. 5.

Soldiers are conducting a field training exercise based on real-life combat scenarios to prepare for a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in April at Fork Polk, La., said Lt. Col. Alan Brown, a U.S. Army Alaska spokesman.

"It's based on a fictional scenario," he said. "So the training that they're doing is running around the clock, 24/7."

Anchorage residents could "hear loud explosive noises created by artillery and mortar firing," according to a noise advisory issued by the Army. Small arms fire might also be heard and people might see an increase in helicopter and unmanned aircraft  traffic around the base, officials said.

The soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be assessed on their combat abilities when they reach Louisiana, Brown said.

Reach Tegan Hanlon at thanlon@adn.com or 257-4589.


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