posted on Feb, 25 2012 @ 12:23 AM
I live in Steilacoom and Ft. Lewis is right next to us. I drive by the Live Fire Range to pick my boy up from School when he stays after. This week
was night qualifications and last month the Artillary had night exercises on the back 40.
What's funny is I was just showing the site to a couple of my active duty friends who are at my house hanging out while our wives are doing sow sort
of candle party. One is Air Force and deals with pilots and the other is in the Army and flys a Helicopter. Both laughed and said for someone who has
been here for over ten years the OP should be used to all of this by now.
I myself have been here since 94' when I got out of the Army. All of this is common around here. The jets are from Whidbey Island not McChord. It is
an active Naval Airfield.
In addition you will often see trains of military vehicles going in and out of Ft. Lewis. And at for those that don't know Ft. Lewis as it's own
airfield that used to house A10' back when I was there. (I hated running around that airfield.) The chinooks also support the Ranger and Special
Forces units stationed there. Combat Controllers off the Airbase are pretty active also. Which all both day and night exercises.
So as a neighbor of both bases for 12 plus years and being very social with a couple dozen active and reserve friends I can assure you that nothing
bad is going on. It's actually a welcomed sound to hear qualifications at night. Or to see a couple helicopters flying over ever day. Why?
Because it means our friends and loved ones are home safe and not deployed off to some 3rd world country that doesn't appreciate the value of a 24hr
When it comes to Ft. Lewis I have no reservations about asking one of my friends what's going on. Especially when I was hearing the big booms a couple
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