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Marine artillery training begins at Fort Bragg


People around Fort Bragg can expect to hear some “booms’’ over the next few days as the 10th Marine Regiment returns to the military installation for its semi-annual training.

The Camp Lejeune-based Marines will conduct their semi-annual field artillery section certifications, command-post exercise and live-fire training as part of  Operation Rolling Thunder, Fort Bragg Officials said in a release. The training is scheduled to begin today and continue through April 10.

“The training conducted at Fort Bragg is necessary to help maintain the 10th Marine Regiment’s readiness,” said Sharilyn Wells, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman. “We ask the communities surrounding Fort Bragg to be understanding while they are here training.”

The field artillery live-fire portion of the exercise is scheduled to start Monday.  The 10th Marines will fire M777 Howitzer 155mm ammunition from 20 M777 Howitzers, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation, the release said.

Fort Bragg units will also be conducting live-fire training, adding to the loud explosions and reverberations. That training will involve field artillery units from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, the release said.

The units will comply with requirements that prohibit them from massing fires larger than battalion size between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily or from firing during the hours of 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

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