Jade Helm 15 concerns were fueled once again after rumors about surface-to-air missiles in Texas appeared on YouTube and a host of other online publishing venues. The posters of the Operation Jade Helm news pieces maintained that the alleged presence of missiles in Texas was proof that the U.S. military is preparing to combat ISIS terrorists coming across the Mexican border into America.
Operation Jade Helm fears and conspiracy theories have abounded online for weeks and garnered more attention after the abrupt Walmart closings in multiple states. The Texas surface-to-air-missile Jade Helm rumor are just the latest headline to cause speculation, heated debate, and outright panic. Many Americans consider the lack of border security along the Mexican boundary a valid and pressing national security issue which should be addressed with gusto. However, proof that Jade Helm 15 and illegal immigration are linked remains unconfirmed and soundly disputed by the military.
Operation Jade Helm will involve the training of 1,200 special forces soldiers. The special operations teams will reportedly be “dropped” into seven southwestern states as a part of realistic military training (RMT) military exercises. Jade Helm 15 begins in July and continues for eight weeks. Operation Jade Helm will take place in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado.
The special operations teams will reportedly be ordered to “operate undetected” among the civilian population in each of the seven southwestern states selected for the drill. 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 videos and photos of the Texas surface-to-air missiles were reportedly taken at the Snyder Electronic Scoring Site. The Texas site reportedly serves as a “training tool” for the 7th Bomb Wing, 12th Air Combat Command at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. The installation reportedly houses both the B-1 Bomber and the B-52 Stratofortress. The Abilene, Texas Snyder Electronic Scoring Site is located about seven miles north of the city of Fluvanna on Farm to Market Road 1269.
“The Snyder Electronic Scoring Site, which falls under the 7th Operations Support Squadron, was established in 2002. The site provides ‘real world’ airpower threat-reaction training to aircrews to ensure the survivability of personnel and equipment in actual battle situations,” a release from the United States Air Force said.
The Texas training center also reportedly uses “mock-up targets” complete with heat sources for aircrews to use to test “on-board sniper pod equipment.” Scattered throughout the Snyder Electronic Scoring Site are mock-up targets such as 2S6 M Self Propelled Air Defense Vehicles and SA-2 Surface-to-Air Missiles.
“We’re the bad guys on the ground. We send up signals that simulate tracking radar, antiaircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. It’s the aircrew’s job to avoid us, get in there and do their damage,” Snyder Electronic Scoring Site Manager William Clingenpeel said about activities conducted at the Texas facility.
What do you think about Operation Jade Helm 15 and the debate and conspiracy theories circling about the special forces realistic military training?