Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise
By Jon Harper / Stars and Stripes
Published: March 21, 2015
WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals.
Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other territory as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket.” The document also refers to coordination with law enforcement agencies.
Officials at USASOCM were not able to immediately verify the authenticity of the slide show because their computer firewalls prevented them from accessing the websites where the document appeared.
Army Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria, a USASOC spokesman, confirmed that there is an upcoming exercise called Jade Helm 15 which is scheduled to take place this summer at locations in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, California and Nevada. But he denied the event is preparation for some sort of military takeover.
“That notion was proposed by a few individuals who are unfamiliar with how and why USASOC conducts training exercises,” he said in an email. “This exercise is routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.”
He said the only thing unique about this particular exercise, which is slated to take place between July 15 and Sept. 15, is “the use of new challenging terrain” which was chosen because it is similar to conditions special operations forces operate in overseas.
Lastoria said coordination with local law enforcement is necessary for safety reasons because some of the training will take place outside of military bases where civilian agencies have jurisdiction.
He said his office has been receiving a lot of calls from people who heard about the exercise and are concerned about “the nature of the training objectives.”
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9:32 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 | Filed in: Smithville
Realistic military training gets city approval
The council approved a request by Jade Helm’s Thomas Mead for city approval and support for a planned Realistic Military Training. Jade Helm is an eight-week joint military and interagency unconventional warfare exercise to be held in Bastrop County. The military will be stationed near Kovar but some activities are planned within the city limits of Smithville including the airport.
The estimated economic impact of the event is $150,000 for the economy countywide, said Mead.
The RMT will be held July 15 through Sept. 15 in seven states, with over 1,200 service members and the majority of activities held in nine communities in Texas. Around 60 personnel will be in Bastrop County.
Risk assessment plans will be created and the publicity department will stay in close contact with local law enforcement throughout the exercise to allay public concerns.
Mead received approval and support from the Bastrop County Commissioners Court at its Jan. 26 meeting.
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12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 | Filed in: Bastrop
Other agenda items
Other agenda items included the following:
• Thomas Mead, operations manager, gave an overview of “Jade Helm,” an eight week joint military and interagency unconventional warfare exercise and asked for support of Bastrop County officials in holding an exercise mid-July through mid-September in the county. Mead stated that all exercises are conducted with safety in mind and that local law enforcement is always kept involved in the process. Still in the planning stages, Mead is currently recruiting resources for the exercise.
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