Military Training Exercise Draws Complaint From Pallone
Remember the noisy military training exercizes in Long Branch and on the former Fort Monmouth Base last week? Shore area Washington Representative Frank Pallone has reportedly filed a complaint about it to the U.S. Army.
He told the Asbury Park Press his office wasn't given the customary notification. The drills were held on June 4th through 6th by soldiers from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Pallone said in a press release it is “critically important that our armed forces have ample opportunity to conduct training practices to help them continue to be the best prepared and most skilled military in the world.”
“While last week’s training effort by the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) over much of Central New Jersey was no doubt an important exercise, my office has been in contact with SOCOM to ensure better communication for future trainings to make sure that local residents are better informed and prepared for any potential disruptions,” he said in the release.
The training started Monday at the abandoned Sea View Towers apartment complex in Long Branch. The troops then moved to sites at what once was Fort Monmouth. Noise from helicopters and explosions rattled some residents in Long Branch, Eatontown and Tinton Falls.
Some residents became alarmed even though town websites posted notices about the training.
Command spokesman Maj. Mike Burns said, “We don’t try to come to New Jersey and make everybody upset,” he said. “We try to do everything we can to minimize the disturbance.”