Para-Military Training Facility Proposed For Eastern Carolina

There could be another facility to train U.S. government agencies, similar to one of the functions of Blackwater USA, coming to eastern Carolina.

A private company has plans to purchase 500 acres in Jones County and build a paramilitary training facility.

The location would be between Comfort and Hofmann Forest. It's also near where the Navy has proposed an outlying landing field.

Some residents in Jones County say they don't want a warzone in their backyard.

The company, called Tier One, says only workers for U.S. government agencies would train there.

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  • by Mike Lord Location: Jacksonville NC on Oct 9, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    I have been in the law enforcement profession for 22 years and have not had any advanced firearms training until Tier 1 Group sponsored myself and a fellow officer to attend one of their courses. They training that this group provided was by far the best training we have received during our carriers. We more confident in our abilities now then we ever have been. The community would be much safer if all the officers in my dept received the same training that I was fortunate enough to receive. I don’t understand how having a group of trained professionals in your county is a bad thing? If the area is flooded with local, state and federal law enforcement I would think that Jones County would be the last place a criminal would want to be? M.L.
  • by Alex Location: Jacksonville,NC on Oct 3, 2007 at 10:03 AM
    ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS!!! To not allow this company to complete this type of training is RIDICULOUS and UN-AMERICAN!! C'mon now! Get ur heads out of ur ***** and be real--we need skilled training by professionals more than Johnny Redneck needs another plate of deer gravy!!!
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  • by Ted Location: Florida on Oct 3, 2007 at 06:57 AM
    I completely agree with The Waco Kid. "These strangers with guns" are protecting our communities and country. How could they be harmful to the people of the surrounding area? I'd much rather have a training facility in my back yard that is working to protect the people and environment, than careless hunters that leave trash and shells on the ground and are known to "accidentally shoot" a friend.
  • by Crystal Location: Washington on Oct 3, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    Seems kind of confusing to me. It's a "private" company that will only train government personell? So who's REALLY bilking the tax payer???
  • by The Waco Kid Location: Texas on Oct 3, 2007 at 06:23 AM
    I can see how trained professionals, shooting at targets with burms behind them, are considered more dangerous than Bob the hunter with a rifle walking around in my backyard. I would just like to say that I find it kind of funny how they are so concerned with the wildlife; does Tier One plan on killing the wildlife? If you are all really so worried about that, then why do you allow the hunters to do it? Also if they’ve been hunting there for over a hundred years, doesn’t it only make sense that the hunters have already depleted a large portion of the wildlife already? People need to do their research, or at least make an attempt to think, before they give an uneducated opinion or statement on things. I say let them build it.
  • by Brian Location: Indiana on Oct 2, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    I don't see how anyone could object to the training of military personnel. I think everyone has forgotten about our "close calls". If we weren't prepared then, then we aren't now. Why don't we just allow ourselves to be better equipped?!

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