Jade Helm 15 special operations commanders are scheduled to offer information about the realistic military training (RMT) exercise to the Bastrop County Commissioners in Texas on April 27. Operation Jade Helm has sparked a massive online debate and has given birth to a host of conspiracy theories since the special forces training in several states was announced earlier this month.
Operation Jade Helm involves 1,200 special forces soldiers. The military teams will reportedly be “dropped” into seven southwestern states as a part of realistic military training exercises. The special ops soldiers, some of the most elite fighting men in the world, will be ordered to “operate undetected” among the American civilian population.
The special operations training has become highly controversial and has prompted both martial law concerns and conspiracy theories pertaining to “secret tunnels” beneath the Walmart stores closed abruptly last week.
Jade Helm 15 begins in July and will reportedly last for eight weeks. Operation Jade Helm will take place in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. For the purpose of training, residents in the entire states of Utah and Texas will be deemed “hostiles.” Some of the Army Special Forces teams will reportedly drop to the ground from airplanes while carrying traditional military weapons, which will be loaded with blanks, for the realistic military training exercise.
The Jade Helm 15 realistic military training will focus on a specific list of skills and drills, according to information shared with Bastrop County officials.
- Risk Assessment, Medical, and Communications Plans
- MOU, MOA, and Licensing agreements (training areas, staging areas, role players)
- Legal Review
- ID of training, staging areas, role players, airfield, drop zones and landing zones surveys
- Letters of Invitations obtained from the local officials (Mayor, County Commission)
- Coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement
- Public Affairs Review
Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a United States military command spokesman, shared the mission of Jade Helm 15 exercises in an email response to questions posed by the Washington Post.
“The nature of warfare is always changing and U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s mission is to make certain the Army’s various Special Operations Forces are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide special operations in support of our nation’s interest. Training exercise Jade Helm is going to assist our Special Operations Soldiers and leadership in refining the skills needed against an ever changing foreign threat.”
Some Bastrop County residents have reportedly shared their “apprehension” regarding the Jade Helm 15 military training slated to occur in their region this summer. Local officials have informed concerned residents that Operation Jade Helm will be coordinated with area law enforcement agencies and the private property owners impacted by the realistic military training exercise.
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