National Guard training may cause alarm
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org May 16, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:18AM
PLAINFIELD — It might get disturbingly loud at times this weekend in the village, but residents should not be alarmed if they see military helicopters swooping across the sky or hear loud explosions.
It won’t be terrorists on the loose but merely a training exercise for Illinois National Guard Special Forces soldiers, who will spend three days training at locations in the village as well as Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park and Kankakee, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday.
National Guard Capt. Dutch Grove declined to specify at what times the training will occur in each town, “more not to tip the soldiers in the training than the general public.”
Grove said residents should expect to see military helicopters and possibly dummy “flash-bang” explosives being set off but the activity will take place in pre-arranged areas and will pose no danger to the public.
“Residents wouldn’t expect to see soldiers running down their street with M-16s (rifles),” Grove said.
The training is designed for what a Guardsman could encounter in Afghanistan, such as having a roadside bomb detonate and working to identify who was responsible.
Grove said he didn’t expect that any roads would be shut down locally, and the “civilians” who will encounter the soldiers will be actors playing roles.