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JBLM’s upcoming Howitzer training could get noisy

Staff file, 2011: Spc. Robert Howell (facing) of Port Orchard, Wash., and fellow soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, fire the M777 Howitzer, a 155mm cannon with an range of 15- to 25 miles, during combat training at the Yakima Training Center on Monday, May 23, 2011. Training with Howitzers will take place at JBLM next week, and will likely produce late-night noise, officials say.
Staff file, 2011: Spc. Robert Howell (facing) of Port Orchard, Wash., and fellow soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, fire the M777 Howitzer, a 155mm cannon with an range of 15- to 25 miles, during combat training at the Yakima Training Center on Monday, May 23, 2011. Training with Howitzers will take place at JBLM next week, and will likely produce late-night noise, officials say. Staff photographer

Folks who live in the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord might hear some louder-than-usual booms next week.

Soldiers with the First Battalion, 37th Field Artillery on JBLM are scheduled to conduct training with M777 155mm Howitzers beginning at 6 a.m. Monday. The training will continue through midnight Wednesday.

“Increased levels of activity will be noticed during the day, evening and nighttime hours, and firing will be conducted from two firing points on base,” stated a news release issued by JBLM on Friday morning.

For queries or comments about the noise, call JBLM Public Affairs Office’s External Communication Division hotline at 253-967-0852.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433, @Lisa_Pemberton

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