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Marine artillery training to begin this weekend at Fort Bragg

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You can expect to hear some “booms’’ starting this weekend as the 10th Marine Regiment returns to Fort Bragg for its semi-annual training.

The Camp Lejeune-based Marines will conduct their semi-annual field artillery section certifications, command-post exercise and live-fire training as part of Operation Rolling Thunder, Fort Bragg officials said in a release. The training began Tuesday and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 28.

“The training conducted at Fort Bragg is necessary to help maintain the 10th Marine Regiment’s readiness,” said Sharilyn Wells, a Fort Bragg spokeswoman. “We ask the communities surrounding Fort Bragg to be understanding while they are here training.”

The field artillery live-fire portion of the exercise is scheduled to start Saturday. The 10th Marines will fire M777 Howitzer 155mm ammunition from 18 M777 Howitzers, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation, the release said. 

Fort Bragg units also will be conducting live-fire training, adding to the loud explosions and reverberations. That training will involve field artillery units from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, the release said.

The units will comply with requirements that prohibit them from massing fires larger than battalion size between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily or from firing during the hours of 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays, the release said.  

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