Columbia County might hear gunfire during training excercise

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 9:19 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 1:28 AM
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Columbia County residents near the Stevens Creek power plant on the Savannah River might hear sporadic gunfire Tuesday night as part of a U.S. Marine Corps training exercise.

Students from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Marine Special Operations School, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., are in the midst of a 20-day training exercise across a five-county area that includes Columbia County and portions of South Carolina through Feb. 12, according to an recent announcement from the Marine Corps.

Most of the exercise, which involves students from the school and about 270 service members from throughout the military, has been taking place in remote areas of Sumter National Forest, but county officials had been told to expect today’s activities at the South Carolina Electric and Gas hydroelectric facility, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The exercise Tuesday night around 9 p.m. will include blank gunfire, said Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker in an email.

“There is absolutely no need to be alarmed,” she said. “It’s just an exercise.”

The exercise, called Derna Bridge, is being conducted in or near Columbia County, along with the South Carolina counties of Richland, Sumter, Edgefield, Saluda, McCormick, Greenwood and Abbeville, around Sumter Naitonal Forest, according to the announcement from the Marine Corps.

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soapy_725 02/05/13 - 11:00 am
Military Scenarios?

The Sumter National Forest resemble the deserts of Afghanistan and Iran. LOL

This is a what if for citizens with guns. How will the average citizen react to a uniformed military presence firing weapons in their yard? Will Joe citizen try to defend himself? Will Joe citizen enlist neighbor/friends in a defense against federal troops?

Things you need to know when you plan to use "martial law", 101.

Time was in America when you did not leave a military base in your uniform. Other than for a ceremony. The militaristic appearance was not PC. Civies were the order of the day. America was not a country where you had to have an obvious military presence in view. Not so now. We look like other third world countries where the military keep the peace. We have been "desensitized" to men and women is various camouflaged battle fatigues.

But as Pam always says, there is not threat to the citizens of America. No threat from anything. How naive, programmed or uninformed?

Don't worry, we are just checking your "family origin". Don't worry, we are moving you a better place with new jobs. Don't worry, that smoke is from the steel factory where you will work.

Sweet son
Sweet son 02/05/13 - 11:49 am
I am sure I am not going to be nervous!

I am just proud that we live in a country with the resources to conduct military operations half way around the globe and also on the home front. Terrorists would just love to destroy a power plant and other infrastructures as they destroy people!

soapy_725 02/05/13 - 12:07 pm
Sweet, are you proud of a country that slaughters

babies for personal convenience? Of a country that views its citizens a mindless sheep? Of a country that views other sovereign nations around the world as their private social experimental labs? Of a country that give WMD's to a sovereign country and then attacks same for having WMD's? Of a country that gives nuclear technology to a sovereign nation and then plots to overthrow that nation? Of a country that would condone the assassination of three individuals, a president and two potential presidents, in the span of less that five years?

Remembering Dr King's words on a subject other that "I have a dream", "we will obey man's law until it conflicts with God's Law, then we will obey God". Patriots come in all flavors. Do you love your country or the evil machine that now controls it? Get out your flag. Totalitarian States love flags. Everyone gets a flag even if t hey have no food.

Dixieman 02/05/13 - 01:04 pm
2000000 POINTS

Well, I am not worried that they will be deployed from black helicopters or wearing UN helmets....

rcandrews 02/05/13 - 01:38 pm
War veterans I know are

War veterans I know are concerned about reactionary responses from people who don't bother with the news paper or watch television or the not so healthy elderly.

Argument goes like this...

Expect larger explosions than blank rifle fire. Large explosives are used in training, and they produce amazingly realistic "mushroom clouds," that are about three hundred feet high.

Nobody can be expected to expect something like that even if you are informed about the "exercise".

There is a quarry in the area, so civilians may think it's just another blast.

But a 300 foot mushroom cloud would scare the life out of old people who've never seen such a "training device" much less heard about one.

Who's going to get the blame if somebody has a heart attack or commits suicide, because they don't read the paper?

What if an elderly man or woman returns fire, because they think they are defending their family, what happens next?

And why here and why now? With all the land available for them to do this sort of thing on this is just asking for trouble.

End argument.

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