U.S. Army conducting training event in RI
If you have been seeing and hearing helicopters flying overhead this week, don’t panic.
Several NBC 10 News viewers contacted the station Friday night, expressing concern about low-flying aircrafts, as well as odd noises.
But it’s all part of a U.S. Army training exercise, which started Monday and is set to conclude Sunday.
The goal is to enhance their soldier skills by operating in various environments and settings, according to a press release.
“This training has been coordinated with the appropriate state, county, and city officials, as well as private property owners, and all safety precautions have been implemented in order to prevent unnecessary risk to both the participants and/or area residents and their property,” the release noted.
The release went on to note that residents might hear sounds associated with the training, including aircraft and weapon simulations.
“Citizens in close proximity to the areas where the training will take place will be notified in person by police and/or military representatives prior to the training,” the release stated.
According to the release, soldiers are testing their equipment “to maintain maximum readiness and proficiency, and to exercise standard safety procedures.”
“This training is essential to ensure they are fully trained and prepared to support our nation and its mission,” the release noted. “The military sincerely appreciates the cooperation and understanding of the citizens and local businesses in the vicinity of this training and apologizes for any possible disturbance. The U.S. Army is sensitive to the impact of the training to the local citizens and wants to extend its gratitude to the cities and towns involved.”