Smoke Forces Marines To Cancel Exercise

Smoke from the wildfires burning in Eastern Carolina caused New River Air Station in Jacksonville to cancel a training exercise.

A spokeswoman for the base says the exercise will take place Thursday at the Oak Grove Outlying Field near Pollocksville.

The exercise was part of a larger exercise called Operation Mailed Fist, which involves every element of the Second Marine Aircraft Wing.


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  • by To gimmeabreak and anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    First off, I am in the Marines and have been working outdoors in this mess all week in the heat so you should retract all your ignorant comments. Secondly, DO NOT disrespect the Military that from the sounds of it, you have no experience in.
  • by think! on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    Why risk lives and very expensive aircraft when it is not absolutely necessary to do so?
  • by Sneads Ferry Girl on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    And if the news would not report the training exercise has been cancelled, than the terrorists would have no clue what is going on. The news has gotten out of control with putting too much information out there. Yes there is freedom of speech, but do you have to report on everything thing?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 08:10 AM in reply to Sneads Ferry Girl
      Do belive the boys and girls in the military have put a major damper on terrorist activity in this country in the last ten years. That's what they are paid for. If you have a run of the mill forest fire, as this is, call the Forest Service. That's what they get paid to deal with.
  • by Just Don't Know on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    Obviously these previous comments are coming from people who are not or have not been in the military. Our troops are trained to work under any CIRCUMSTANCES not sercomstance. Troops work in any type of weather environment for example the military personnel over in Afghanistan working in 120 degree weather, inclement weather for hurricane reliefs Humanitarian Assistance they were there. Read the clip and its talking about the air stations. Food for thought: How are these jets or planes going to fly in a smokey environment when there has to be a certain amount of visibility for any plane to fly??
  • by bookoo Location: camp lejeune on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Our troops are trained they just get"more" training to freshin up what they know. As for why we dont train them under "any circumstance" is that theres just no need to expose them to it for no reason, we are not in dire need for the to do it. As for gimmeabreaks responce im sure if they did come you would not be there in the front lines now would you?? so i find it shameful you would say that cause then YES they would be out there while you stay indoors!~~~ just sayin
  • by Really... Location: Jacksonville on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    To Annon and Gimmeabreak... First let me say "sercomstance" is spelled circumstance. And second, our military is put in harms way day in day out. They are trained to handle any situation. Why should we put them in more danger, when it is preventable?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    I agree shouldnt we train our troops to operate under any sercomstance.
  • by gimmeabreak on Jun 23, 2011 at 03:40 AM
    dear terrorists...to successfully attack us...wait for hot or smoky or inclement weather...we will be inside as we are only prepared for perfect weather operations.
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      by Defender on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:23 AM in reply to gimmeabreak
      Dear gimmeabreak, unless you are willing to also go and die for your country, please don't tell us how to train
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