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Chicago Hosting ‘Routine Military Training Exercise’ This Week

Another “routine military training exercise” is taking place around Chicago this week. I’ve blogged about two other exercises that occurred in the Chicagoland area since 2012, one in April 2012 and another in April of this year.

From the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Monday:

The City of Chicago is providing support for a routine military training exercise in and around the Chicagoland area on July 22 – 25. This routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.

The training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents.

The training is not open to the public.

Since the U.S. military has been busy developing its urban warfare training program for some time already, some suspect if the drills aren’t training for a future declaration of martial law in case some SHTF event takes place, like a U.S. financial crash, or to send terrorists a message, such as our armed forces, in conjunction with civilian law enforcement, are ready for a Mumbai, India-style attack.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Stratton, Melissa. “Statement From The City Of Chicago Office Of Emergency Management And communications Regarding Training In Chicago July 22-25.” City of Chicago OEMC. 22 July 2013. (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/oem/provdrs/emerg_mang/news/2013/jul/statement_from_thecityofchicagoofficeofemergencymanagementandcom.html). 24 July 2013.

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Tinley Park, Illinois, Site Of Urban Warfare Training Exercise

A little over a year ago, I blogged about Chicago hosting one of these military training exercises that since have popped up with increasing frequency in the news. From that April 16, 2012, post:

The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) released the following statement about the scheduled urban warfare training exercise today:

The City of Chicago is providing support for a routine military training exercise in and around the Chicagoland area on April 16 -19. This routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.

The training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents.

The training is not open to the public.

“The training is not open to the public.”

I guess downtown Chicago residents and workers were supposed to close their eyes and pretend the helicopters that buzzed them during last year’s event didn’t exist.

Anyway, last week, another one of these exercises took place in the Chicagoland area- in the southwest Chicago community of Tinley Park, Illinois. From the Chicago Tribune website today:

Department of Defense training exercises that included explosions heard miles away and helicopters flying over Tinley Park angered residents.

Residents said they heard “bomb” noises from about 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on April 23 during what was an urban warfare training exercise at the former mental health center. Tinley Park police received about 25 calls from residents who were either fearful or angry, especially in the wake of the bombings in Boston the previous week.

Defense officials followed up with another exercise April 24 involving helicopters that flew over Tinley Park for much of the night. Residents reported hearing them from 8:30 p.m. until about 12:45 a.m…

Local police were not involved with the training, said Pat Carr, Emergency Management Agency director.

Like the Chicago urban warfare exercise last year, the public was not allowed to view the training. But that didn’t prevent a few from trying.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

“Urban warfare exercise rattles Tinley Park residents.” Chicago Tribune. 2 May 2013. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/tinley_park/ct-tl-tinley-park-dod-exercise-20130502,0,7645588.story). 2 May 2013.

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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 Civil Strife, Emergencies, Government, Man-Made Disasters, Military, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Public Safety, TEOTWAWKI, Terrorism, Training, War Comments Off on Tinley Park, Illinois, Site Of Urban Warfare Training Exercise

Repeat Of The 1992 Los Angeles Riots Coming This Summer?

Following up on last night’s post abut urban warfare training exercises in U.S. cities, I noted how one Midwest-based writer recently claimed that an unnamed “high-ranking, military source” in the Department of Homeland Security says the military exercises, conducted jointly with local law enforcement, are being conducted to desensitize urban dwellers in preparation for mass civil unrest in American cities. This is supposedly being done out of fear a currency devaluation, astronomical gas prices, and resistance to more gun “control” which will combine to produce civil strife in America’s urban areas this summer.

Like I wrote yesterday, “take it or leave it” concerning the credibility of this claim. But let’s just suppose for an instant the above is true and these really are the reasons for the exercises.

If that’s the case, then the powers-that-be may have overlooked one more potential flashpoint:

The trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin that’s set to begin on June 10.

Yamiche Alcindor reported on the USA TODAY website on February 5:

Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 Tuesday.

Instead, lawyers for George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering the teen, and prosecutors were back in court, where a judge denied a motion to delay the June 10 trial date and heard arguments about evidence…

In court Tuesday, Judge Debra Nelson denied a motion by Zimmerman lawyer Mark O’Mara to delay the trial date. O’Mara argued that the prosecution has been slow to turn over evidence and that he does not have enough time to prepare his case…

“We’re four months away from trial,” Nelson said. “The court has no reason to continue the case.”

If George Zimmerman is found innocent of the teen’s death, will one or more American urban centers experience rioting not unlike what took place in Los Angeles in 1992 in the wake of the Rodney King trial verdicts?

By itself, I think it’s possible. In conjunction with other miseries, even more so.

And just to remind everyone of just how bad the 1992 Los Angeles riots really were:

• 53 deaths
• 2,000 injured
• 3,600 fires
• 1,100 buildings destroyed
• Up to $1 billion in material losses

And don’t forget the looting…


“1992 LA Riots – Defenseless Store Owner Confront Rioters with Hammer”
YouTube Video

Let justice take its course, but it might be a good idea to keep an eye on that trial and when it’s going to be wrapping up. Especially for the city-dwellers out there.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Alcindor, Yamiche. “Judge denies request for delay in Zimmerman trial.” USA TODAY. 5 Feb. 2013. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/05/trayvon-martin-hearing-birthday/1892419/). 23 Feb. 2013.

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Urban Warfare Training Exercises To Desensitize, Prepare For Mass Civil Unrest In Cities?

The City of Chicago is providing support for a routine military training exercise in and around the Chicagoland area on April 16 -19. This routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.

The training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents.

The training is not open to the public.

-City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), April 16, 2012

Back when I blogged about Chicago hosting an urban warfare training exercise for U.S. military personnel in April 2012, I mentioned other major American cities had experienced something similar: Boston (July 2011) and Los Angeles (January 2012).

Since that time, countless other municipalities have hosted this training.

However, in that April 16 post I pointed out the U.S. military was already busy developing its urban warfare training resources, including the construction of mock cities. I wrote:

Now, I’ve heard the U.S. military has been busy developing its urban warfare training program for some time already. Spencer Ackerman wrote in the Wired.com blog Danger Room back on January 18, 2011:

American soldiers spent seven years patrolling the urban neighborhoods of Iraq; its troops battled insurgents there block-by-block and house-by-house. Now that the Army is getting out of Iraq, it wants to make sure its urban combat skills don’t wither away. So it today it gave Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to $287 million to build Urban Operations Training Systems — essentially, giant simulation facilities and modules to help soldiers get ready for life in the big, bad city.

Versions of those training systems can be as simple as shipping containers tricked out to resemble multi-story houses and arranged in village formations, so soldiers can practice how to seize a building without causing needless damage. The Army’s got an entire 1000-acre facility in Indiana it uses to train soldiers in urban combat.

As for the Marines? From the CBS Channel 2 (Los Angeles) website on January 25, 2011:

A 1,560-building mock city has risen in the Southern California desert.

The $170 million Marine Corps urban training center at the Twentynine Palms military base, some 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is roughly the size of San Diego.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center facility uses mock cities and role players to prepare Marines and sailors for urban terrain missions.

If our armed forces already have such resources, what’s with the urban warfare training in American cities then?

I added this about the Chicago training at the time:

I wonder if the exercise isn’t related to counter-terrorism.

Responding to an “American Mumbai” or dirty-bomb attack, perhaps?

However, these days, a Midwest-based writer and decorated Navy veteran is claiming that an unnamed “high-ranking, military source” in the Department of Homeland Security says the military exercises, conducted jointly with local law enforcement, are being conducted to desensitize urban dwellers in preparation for mass civil unrest in American cities. David Bard wrote on “progressive liberal” sociopolitical commentary blog The Allegiant on February 6:

I spoke with a high-ranking, military source in DHS. Preferring to remain unnamed for obvious reasons, he told me, “DHS and DOD are conducting desensitizing exercises all across the U.S.,” he paused, then added, “we’re being prepared for mass civil unrest in major U.S. cities. DOD will be expected to help – when we’re requested.”

I asked if there was a timeline for expecting civil unrest in our cities and why should we expect it to begin with. I was told that there were many reasons, but that the continued devaluation of our currency, the predicted history-setting prices for gasoline this summer and the continued gun control debate are forming a perfect storm of civil discontent. When this storm hits, it will most assuredly produce mass casualties. When does DHS expect this to happen? This summer.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

I can’t speak for Mr. Bard’s credibility, so “take it or leave it” as it concerns this explanation for the urban warfare training.

Still, I’ve heard similar talk about the purpose being to prepare for civil strife since I first blogged about those exercises in spring of last year.

You can read Bard’s entire piece here on The Allegiant. Disturbing stuff.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Ackerman, Spencer. “Lockheed Gets Big Bucks to Prep Soldiers for Urban War.” Danger Room. 18 Jan. 2011. (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/01/lockheed-gets-big-bucks-to-prep-soldiers-in-urban-war/). 22 Feb. 2013.

“$170M Mock City Built For Marine Training In Twentynine Palms” CBS Channel 2 (Los Angeles). 25 Jan. 2011. (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/01/25/170m-mock-city-built-for-marine-training-in-twentynine-palms/). 22 Feb. 2013.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013 Civil Strife, Currencies, Energy, Firearms, Government, Gun Rights, Inflation, Main Street, Military, Public Safety, Terrorism, Training Comments Off on Urban Warfare Training Exercises To Desensitize, Prepare For Mass Civil Unrest In Cities?

Update On Chicagoland Military Training Exercise

Some more insight into the U.S. military training exercise being conducted this week around the Chicagoland area. Editor Jean Lotus wrote on the Forest Park Review website yesterday afternoon:

Things got choppy in Forest Park last night between 8 and 9:30 p.m. as five helicopters from the U.S. Special Forces participated in training exercises that involved landing and taking off from the village-owned property behind the Altenheim…

Participating were Special Operations military personnel from multiple branches of the military, said a U.S. military spokesperson, who declined to give his name.

“We had some multiple tactical scenarios for upcoming mission deployments these units all have. We landed helicopters at the Altenheim,” he said…

The exercises were “not tied to the NATO visit in Chicago in any way,” he said. “These exercises have been planned since February, 2011.”

Lotus reported that the training was being coordinated by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, “which coordinates helicopter trainings around the country to ‘meet mandatory training certifications,’ according to the CEMC [City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications] website.”

I wonder if Forest Park first responders found themselves unexpectedly busy during the drill- seeing that the Altenheim is a senior citizen’s home. What a spectacle that must have been for the residents.

Source:

Lotus, Jean. “New use for the Altenheim: Special Ops training.” Forest Park Review. 19 Apr. 2012. (http://forestparkreview.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=38&ArticleID=6470). 20 Apr. 2012.

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Military Training Exercise Moving To Chicago Suburbs

Here’s the latest on that “routine military training exercise” going on around the Chicagoland area from April 16-19. Michelle Stoffel reported on the TribLocal (Chicago Tribune) website this morning:

The U.S. military will be using the vacant Sheraton Northwest hotel for training exercises Thursday, police said this week.

Military personnel will land helicopters on the hotel, sometime during the late afternoon or evening, Arlington Heights Police Capt. Nicholas Pecora said.

The U.S. military informed Arlington Heights police they would use the former hotel for urban battle training, but did not disclose their particular mission, he said. Arlington Heights also informed neighboring Palatine and Rolling Meadows of the exercises.

The same military unit was swooping around downtown Chicago Monday as part of a similar exercise.

I don’t know about you, but the exercise is sounding less like civil strife/martial law training to me. And as I mentioned in that April 16 piece, the military already has significant urban warfare training resources and facilities at their disposal.

Therefore, I have to wonder if it’s a counter-terrorism drill in advance of the upcoming NATO summit in May, or in anticipation of something else?

Perhaps even some posturing as well?

“Inquiring minds want to know.”

Source:

Stoffel, Michelle. “Military training exercises planned for Thursday.” TribLocal. 18 Apr. 2012. (http://triblocal.com/arlington-heights/2012/04/18/military-training-exercises-planned-for-thursday/). 18 Apr. 2012.

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Latest On Chicago Military Training Exercise

More information is surfacing about the “routine military training exercise” that’s taking place around the Chicagoland area from April 16 to 19. Last night, I blogged about a Chicago Tribune piece and City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) statement from Monday about the drill, which “is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.” The Tribune reporters wrote that the training is not related to the upcoming NATO Summit scheduled to be held in Chicago next month. From the FOX Channel 32 (Chicago) website this morning:

Blackhawks and A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopters used by special forces circling low through downtown Chicago skies made for a scary scene along the Chicago River, as they rattled windows flying among the city’s skyscrapers…

FOX Chicago News viewers called in, describing men with automatic weapons, hanging out of helicopters.

The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Monday announced that Chicago is the site of a military training exercise this week involving personnel and at least three helicopters.

But the bland press release from City Hall did nothing to prepare folks for the jarring scene that unfolded Monday evening.

“It was frightening,” Jessica Hill said. “I was definitely alarmed.”

At least three Blackhawk helicopters flying at time in close order formation – at other times separating fairly widely – zoomed around office and residential towers for several hours.

“I was pretty amazed,” Felise Llano said, “because they were definitely military.”

Witnesses described three to four very heavily armed men in each chopper. Several said some of the men appeared to be tethered and were at times literally hanging out of the choppers, and looked ready to jump.

No relation to Jessica, by the way.

As I mentioned last night, because this exercise has been held in other U.S. cities recently like Los Angeles and Boston, some suspect it’s training for martial law as the result of a potential SHTF event, like a U.S. economic collapse.

I suggested that it could be a counter-terrorism drill for a potential “American Mumbai” or dirty bomb terror attack (or other) on a major U.S. city.

Blackhawks Circle Low Through Chicago Skies as Secret Service Releases Security Details: MyFoxCHICAGO.com

FOX Channel 32 (Chicago) Video

Source:

“Blackhawks Circle Low Through Chicago Skies as Secret Service Releases Security Details.” FOX Channel 32 (Chicago). 17 Apr. 2012. (http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/military-blackhawks-circle-downtown-skies-honing-urban-battle-skills-chicago-20120416). 17 Apr. 2012.

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Chicago Hosts Urban Warfare Training Exercise

Tonight I was reading a Chicago Tribune website article about security planning for the upcoming 2012 NATO Summit in the “Windy City” when I spotted the following in the last paragraph of the piece. Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann wrote tonight:

As attention on security intensifies, the city announced Monday that a “routine military training exercise” would be under way in and around Chicago from April 16 to 19 to help personnel preparing for overseas deployment learn to “operate in urban environments.” A city spokeswoman said the training is done around the country and is not related to the NATO meeting.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

The City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) released the following statement about the scheduled urban warfare training exercise today:

The City of Chicago is providing support for a routine military training exercise in and around the Chicagoland area on April 16 -19. This routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.

The training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents.

The training is not open to the public.

If that wording about “this routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments” sounds familiar to some readers, that’s because it’s already been used by municipal officials in Boston (July 2011) and Los Angeles (January 2012) before urban warfare training was conducted in their cities. I understand other U.S. cities have hosted similar drills.

Now, I’ve heard the U.S. military has been busy developing its urban warfare training program for some time already. Spencer Ackerman wrote in the Wired.com blog Danger Room back on January 18, 2011:

American soldiers spent seven years patrolling the urban neighborhoods of Iraq; its troops battled insurgents there block-by-block and house-by-house. Now that the Army is getting out of Iraq, it wants to make sure its urban combat skills don’t wither away. So it today it gave Lockheed Martin a contract worth up to $287 million to build Urban Operations Training Systems — essentially, giant simulation facilities and modules to help soldiers get ready for life in the big, bad city.

Versions of those training systems can be as simple as shipping containers tricked out to resemble multi-story houses and arranged in village formations, so soldiers can practice how to seize a building without causing needless damage. The Army’s got an entire 1000-acre facility in Indiana it uses to train soldiers in urban combat.

As for the Marines? From the CBS Channel 2 (Los Angeles) website on January 25, 2011:

A 1,560-building mock city has risen in the Southern California desert.

The $170 million Marine Corps urban training center at the Twentynine Palms military base, some 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is roughly the size of San Diego.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center facility uses mock cities and role players to prepare Marines and sailors for urban terrain missions.

If our armed forces already have such resources, what’s with the urban warfare training in American cities then?

A cursory surf of the Internet reveals that some wonder if the drills aren’t training for a future declaration of martial law in case some SHTF event takes place, like a U.S. financial crash.

Disturbing.

I wonder if the exercise isn’t related to counter-terrorism.

Responding to an “American Mumbai” or dirty-bomb attack, perhaps?

In which case, I’m all for it.

The next couple of days should be interesting around here.

Sources:

Coen, Jeff and Heinzmann, David. “Chicago preparing for NATO summit.” Chicago Tribune. 16 Apr. 2012.
(http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-nato-training-exercises-in-chicago-underway-20120416,0,1795383.story). 16 Apr. 2012.

OEMC News Affairs. “Statement from the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications Regarding Training in Chicago April 16 – 19.” OEMC. 16 Apr. 2012. (http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/oem/provdrs/emerg_mang/news/2012/apr/statement_from_thecityofchicagoofficeofemergencymanagementandcom.html) 16 Apr. 2012.

Ackerman, Spencer. “Lockheed Gets Big Bucks to Prep Soldiers for Urban War.” Danger Room. 18 Jan. 2011. (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/01/lockheed-gets-big-bucks-to-prep-soldiers-in-urban-war/). 16 Apr. 2012.

“$170M Mock City Built For Marine Training In Twentynine Palms” CBS Channel 2 (Los Angeles). 25 Jan. 2011. (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/01/25/170m-mock-city-built-for-marine-training-in-twentynine-palms/). 16 Apr. 2012.

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