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Army’s 101st Airborne Division “invades” Tennessee county

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The US Army practices invading an American community. The people turn out to watch all the fun.  Ah, the joys of militarism until one day the “invasion” turns out to be real?

from NWTN Today  By: Chris Menees Messenger

Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., were scheduled to arrive starting Sept 29th in an impressive convoy of military vehicles — complete with helicopters flying overhead — that will travel along Kentucky’s Purchase Parkway and cross the state line into Obion County, TN.

…..About 300 soldiers total will be in and around Troy all day Wednesday for a special training mission that will help prepare them for real combat scenarios. The action is set to begin this afternoon when the caravan of about 50 military vehicles rolls into the Dugger family farm near Troy to set up camp.

Several helicopters will be flying in Wednesday morning from Fort Campbell to provide support and will be landing at designated locations as they drop off troops for the training mission. The full-blown assault exercise is scheduled to involve 10 Blackhawks, a medivac Blackhawk, four Kiowa Warriors and two Apache gunships.

Ricky Dugger of Troy — who will be the “high value target” for the operation and whose family enjoys a special relationship with the soldiers — said this morning he is getting “more and more excited” as he anticipates the arrival of the troops and the start of the military exercise.

…..Simultaneous landings are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the spec building in Troy’s industrial park, at the activities building at Troy First Baptist Church and at the town’s ball fields at Trojan Park. Dugger is scheduled to be taken captive during a landing at 11:40 a.m. at Hoyt Sampson’s farm off Old Troy Road in Troy.

Another landing is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Elementary School’s football field, where simulated casualties will be brought in by vehicles and loaded onto helicopters, according to Dugger.
Designated viewing areas will be set up at all of the landing sites during the exercise, which will allow the public to view the operation from safe distances. Dugger said the community is encouraged to come out to see the operation in action.


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