Booms returning to Fort Bragg: Marine artillery training begins Thursday

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Marines with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, fire a 155mm Howitzer during the regiment's Rolling Thunder exercise March 12, 2019, at Fort Bragg. The Marines are back in the area for the biannual training exercise through the end of April 2021.
Marines with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, fire a 155mm Howitzer during the regiment's Rolling Thunder exercise March 12, 2019, at Fort Bragg. The Marines are back in the area for the biannual training exercise through the end of April 2021.

The Marines are coming back to Fort Bragg.

Beginning Thursday, Marine artillery training will begin on Fort Bragg, bringing loud booms to the area.

Camp Lejeune’s 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division will conduct their semi-annual field artillery section certifications, command-post exercise, and live-fire training known as Operation Rolling Thunder until April 10, according to a news release.

The field artillery live-fire portion of the training starts Monday.

Significant amounts of 155mm artillery will be fired from 20 different M777 Howitzers resulting in loud explosions and reverberations.

Additionally, field artillery units from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Field Artillery Brigade will conduct live-fire training that will add to the loud explosions and echoes.

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All field artillery units will comply with existing military requirements that prohibit them from mass firing larger than battalion size between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily or from firing during the hours of 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

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Sharilyn Wells, a spokeswoman for Fort Bragg, asks that communities surrounding installation be understanding of the training.

“The training conducted at Fort Bragg is necessary to help maintain the 10th Marine Regiment’s readiness,” she said.

For all Fort Bragg noise questions, visit the "noise abatement" tab on Fort Bragg's website at https://home.army.mil/bragg.

This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Loud booming sounds come from Fort Bragg during marine training