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Military exercise in Long County

POSTED: November 20, 2007 5:00 a.m.

LUDOWICI -- Long County residents are seeing different kinds of vehicles on the roads and in the skies this week as the Marine Corps Group 31 out of Beaufort, S.C., participates in Southern Fury.

The exercise started Monday and runs through Wednesday.

The training is aimed at enhancing the cohesiveness between different branches of the ground and aviation units.

The operation’s goal is to simulate scenarios that pilots and ground forces will face in combat, and to prepare them for deployments.

Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 will conduct convoy operations with Humvees and seven-ton trucks in the vicinity of Townsend Bombing Range.  The convoy route will include Highways 57 and 84.

Areas in Long County where citizens may see activity will include the intersections of Leonard Hughes Road and Highway 57 and Old Barrington Road and Highway 57.  There also will be some scenarios staged in Ludowici and in the area of Coastal Manor Nursing Home.

The training will be as realistic as possible, but no weapons or simulated weapons will be used.

If you have questions about the operations, call the the Long County Sheriff’s Department at 545-2118.

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