Army to train Monday night in downtown San Antonio, SAPD says

A U.S. Army unit will train Monday night over downtown and central San Antonio, city police chief William McManus said in a news release warning residents that they “could hear low-flying helicopters, simulated gunfire and controlled explosions during periods of darkness”. ”

Police said “training has been coordinated with appropriate local officials,” although it’s unclear whether Mayor Ron Nirenberg knew about it. His spokesman, Bruce Davidson, was unaware of the army’s plans as of Sunday evening.

An army spokesman did not respond to the call.

“Meetings and planning for this training event began months ago,” McManus said in the statement. “As San Antonio is known as Military City, in the United States, we have a long history and strong relationship with the United States military, and we are honored to be able to provide support to the United States military while let her lead this critical drive in our city.”

Police safety measures, including the use of department personnel, will be in place to protect both troops and local residents, the statement said, “along with planning considerations to minimize impact on the community and private property”.

The leader noted that “the unique local terrain provides training opportunities and simulates the environments troops may encounter when deployed.”

The statement did not indicate the exact locations of the exercise or indicate which army unit was carrying it out.

Military exercises are common during the summer months and regularly include fictional scenarios. In the case of a large-scale, multi-state exercise in 2015 called Jade Helm, the military courted back conspiracy theorists for using parts of Texas, Utah and a slice of southern California marked “insurgent pocket” as a substitute for territory marked as “hostile” on a map.

In 1999, the Army’s Delta Force trained at the vacant former Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, with enough public notice to get people to stare into lawn chairs and cars parked outside the post.

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David H. Henry