Big Spring Invites Army to Conduct Special Ops Training in City

News West 9 – by Julia Deng

BIG SPRING – A large-scale military exercise set to run from July 15 to November 15 has sparked rampant conspiracy theories involving everything from Walmart to martial law.

The Special Operations mission, called Jade Helm 15, is just another training opportunity to “practice core special warfare tasks,” according to United States Army representatives.

“The size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart,” said Army Special Operations Command officials. “To stay ahead of environment challenges faced overseas, Jade Helm will take place across seven states… The diverse terrain in these states replicates areas Special Operations Soldiers regularly find themselves operating in overseas.”  

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Special Operations Forces will only train in five states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

According to Jade Helm operations planners, training will only be conducted on private and public land with the permission of landowners or regional authorities.

“In essence, all exercise activity will be taking place on pre-coordinated public and private lands,” stated an Army Special Operations Command press release.

Those “pre-coordinated lands” include the City of Big Spring.

After an Army presentation last month during a Big Spring City Council meeting, city officials granted Army Special Operations Command permission to train within city boundaries.

“Is it going to affect the community?” said Councilman Bobby McDonald. “Well, of course it will affect the community because they will be here. There should be no disruption. The community will be aware sometimes that they’re here, and sometimes the community won’t be aware. Sometimes they will be in uniform, and sometimes they will not be in uniform.”

Jade Helm operations planner Thomas Meade said during the meeting that all troops involved “will be wearing an arm band with a marking that identifies them as part of the exercise.”

He said local residents “participating or role playing in the exercise” would also have distinct markings.

“If they have a legal reason to be here, it doesn’t bother me,” Marck Schafer told NewsWest 9. “But if somebody comes through my backyard, I want to know [about it beforehand].”

Big Spring resident Jacob Martin said city officials had done a “poor job” of informing people about the exercise. However, he does not mind the military presence and believes it will stimulate economic growth.

“You’re going to have thousands of troops here buying groceries, and the military’s going to be buying fuel in the area,” he said.

Army Special Operations Command representatives could not confirm if Jade Helm personnel will purchase supplies locally.

Officials also could not share how many troops will be sent to the area, when they are scheduled to arrive and whether or not any are already stationed in Big Spring.

“I saw a train carrying all sorts of military equipment heading into Big Spring,” another resident, who requested to remain anonymous, told NewsWest 9. “There were also about 14 helicopters flying over the [Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle] Airport last night and a tank getting driven through that open field [near the airport]. It’s scary seeing that and not knowing what in the world is going on.”

http://www.newswest9.com/story/28826943/big-spring-invites-army-to-conduct-special-ops-training-in-city

5 thoughts on “Big Spring Invites Army to Conduct Special Ops Training in City

  1. Thanks Katie, good job of keeping this in front for everyone.
    http://www.abcactionnews.com/search?searchTerm=walmart%20closes
    Valrico Walmart suddenly closes due to ‘plumbing issues,’ 400 workers laid off

    This Bullsh.t this store was doing a million plus a day, you do not close a store for any problem, you work at night to fix or remodel the store, “Please excuse our dust we are remodeling” how many times have you seen this sign.

  2. Just noticed this article stated the exercise will run from July 15-Nov 15. Is this a typo or intentional, as the original dates have been July 15 – Sep 15. I realize the dates are irrelevant, although I find this odd.

  3. Since I live about 200 miles south of Big Spring (and know some folks from there), I gotta say thanks to Katie for posting this. I can’t see these armed folks being there much beyond September though…football season and all that…

  4. Notice how the “news” IMMEDIATELY trots out the words “CONSPIRACY THEORY” like they’re told by the government. You KNOW this story was typed out by the government when in the FIRST SENTECNE you see “CONSPIRACY THEORY”.

    LOOK: FIRST SENTENCE –

    “A large-scale military exercise set to run from July 15 to November 15 has sparked rampant —>>> conspiracy theories <<<— involving everything from Walmart to martial law."

    In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" … to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the "Official" Narrative

    Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

    The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

    The dispatch states:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-23/1967-he-cia-created-phrase-conspiracy-theorists-and-ways-attack-anyone-who-challenge

  5. “Special Operations Forces will only train in five states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.”

    Yea for now. They make it sound like it’s not going to happen anywhere else after that. By the way, this is all EXTREMELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND TREASONOUS beyond all things.

    After an Army presentation last month during a Big Spring City Council meeting, city officials granted Army Special Operations Command permission to train within city boundaries.”

    Gee…I’m guessing that it must have been one of those infamous “DELPHI” meetings because no one in Hell would want the military training in their city whatsoever.

    “Is it going to affect the community?” said Councilman Bobby McDonald. “Well, of course it will affect the community because they will be here. There should be no disruption. The community will be aware sometimes that they’re here, and sometimes the community won’t be aware. Sometimes they will be in uniform, and sometimes they will not be in uniform.””

    ROLMFAO!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! WHAT THE F**K is that supposed to mean?? Unfrigginbelievable….

    Spoken like a true politician.

    Oh! OK. Hey everyone, you know, sometimes Russians and Chinese soldiers or the enemy will be here in uniform and sometimes they won’t. Sometimes they will be training in uniform and sometimes they won’t. I mean, why worry right? 🙄 Does anyone else feel like strangling this SOB??

    I don’t know about you, JD, but I think I need a concrete “board of wisdom” to hit myself over the head with. The fact that this nutball is saying this and getting away with it, I’m shocked and speechless. The whole world has gone insane.

    “If they have a legal reason to be here, it doesn’t bother me,” Marck Schafer told NewsWest 9. “But if somebody comes through my backyard, I want to know [about it beforehand].””

    So what you’re saying is that it’s OK for them to commit treason and invade your land if it’s legal for them to do so? 🙄 Unfrigginbelievable….

    ““I saw a train carrying all sorts of military equipment heading into Big Spring,” another resident, who requested to remain anonymous, told NewsWest 9. “There were also about 14 helicopters flying over the [Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle] Airport last night and a tank getting driven through that open field [near the airport]. It’s scary seeing that and not knowing what in the world is going on.””

    And once again, YOU ARE DOING NOTHING ABOUT IT!!! Get a posse and DRIVE THEM OUT OF YOUR TOWN, YOU IDIOT!!!! Stop saying, “Oh, look at the pretty vehicles…..” as they run you over and out of town. DO SOMETHING, DAMMIT!!!

    UNFRIGGINBELIEVABLE!!!! 😡

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