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<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Marines may land at a training site close
to you today <BR>
</FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1">Assault with live fire planned on
vacant buildings <BR>
<B>By Timothy R. Gaffney <BR>
</B>e-mail address:  timothy_gaffney@coxohio.com<BR>
Dayton Daily News <BR>
out here planned to stage a mock helicopter assault on an abandoned
Dayton building between 8 and 9 a.m. today officials said Sunday.<BR>
The Marines are here for two weeks of urban training in the Dayton
area and their military helicopters were seen flying throughout
the region Sunday.<BR>
Col. Andrew &quot;Andy&quot; Frick, commander of the 26th Marine
Expeditionary Unit, said the training will include two nighttime
assaults and one daylight raid on abandoned buildings.<BR>
Some training will include live ammunition, Frick said.<BR>
&quot;Yes, there will be some live rounds fired, but the danger
to anybody, to any civilians in Dayton, is nil,&quot; he said.<BR>
When live ammunition is used, &quot;The site is usually an abandoned
building. It's very tightly controlled. We have bullet traps
and these young Marines have spent a lot of time and effort training
so that they don't miss the bullet traps,&quot; Frick said.<BR>
Only simulated ammunition will be used in &quot;force on force&quot;
exercises, where some Marines will act as the enemy.<BR>
&quot;We never mix the two,&quot; he said.<BR>
The 26th MEU is conducting the exercise as part of its regular
12-month cycle. It includes six months of training followed by
a six-month overseas deployment, or &quot;float&quot; as Marines
call it.<BR>
This exercise is called TRUEX, for Training in an Urban Environment
Exercise. The Marines have been conducting TRUEX exercises since
1985, mainly in southeastern cities. <BR>
While a number of military bases have ranges built to resemble
urban settings, Marines who spoke to reporters Sunday said training
in real cities is invaluable.<BR>
&quot;It's great. You're going to a place you haven't been before.
You can't game it,&quot; said Cpl. Jeff Mason of Ravenna, who
took part in a TRUEX exercise in July 2001 on the U.S. Territory
of Guam, an island on the Pacific Ocean.<BR>
Mason's stocky body was wrapped in the weapons, radios and other
paraphernalia of close-quarters combat. He was one of a half-dozen
soldiers modeling the specialized combat gear Marines use for
close quarters, regular infantry, arctic, desert, high-altitude
skydiving, or underwater missions.<BR>
Mason said his close-quarters gear was &quot;exactly what we'll
be wearing&quot; in the Dayton exercises. The gear weighs about
80 pounds, he said, &quot;not counting special tools such as
shotguns or crowbars.&quot;<BR>
Frick, who commanded the 26th MEU in Kosovo and Afghanistan,
said urban training is important because the Marines are often
deployed to urban areas. Besides learning to deal with problems
like spotty communications, they need to be able to function
in areas where there may be many innocent civilians.<BR>
Frick deflected a question about whether the next such area might
be Iraq's capital Baghdad. The Bush administration has been girding
for possible military action against Iraq while urging the United
Nations to demand Iraq allow inspectors in to check for weapons
of mass destruction. <BR>
&quot;We don't focus on a specific area. We focus on honing our
capabilities. After the first of the year we'll deploy, and we'll
go wherever the president and the national command authority
tell us to go,&quot; Frick said.<BR>
Meanwhile, the exercise also gives the Marines a chance to show
off their capabilities to the public. Frick said that's become
a secondary goal for TRUEX over the years.<BR>
&quot;We need to show people what they're getting for their tax
dollars,&quot; he said.<BR>
Not everyone welcomes the opportunity.<BR>
A few Dayton-area residents have protested what they consider
a military intrusion into a civilian environment.<BR>
&quot;Having Marines in town playing war games is extremely dangerous,
and I'm absolutely against it. While my neighborhood is unlikely
to be involved, the whole concept deeply disturbs me,&quot; Amber
Mapp of Kettering said in an e-mail.<BR>
Frick said he hopes residents will take pride in being host to
the exercise.<BR>
&quot;I think they should have a certain sense of pride in that
if we were deployed at some future point they can look back and
say, because of what we helped the Marines to do, they were successful
in their operation,&quot; he said.<BR>
<B>On the net<BR>
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit:</B> www.26meu.usmc.mil<BR>
&middot;<B>Contact Timothy R. Gaffney</B> at 225-2390 or
e-mail him at  timothy_gaffney@coxohio.com<BR>
[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.16.2002] <BR>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Marine Landing</FONT></B></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Choppers hover, swoop, thrill at former school</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">By Lou Grieco </FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1"><BR>
e-mail address: <A HREF="mailto: lou_grieco@coxohio.com"> lou_grieco@coxohio.com<BR>
</A>Dayton Daily News</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">DAYTON</FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1"> | The
two helicopters hovered over the roof of the former Jackson Elementary
School. After a few seconds, black ropes fell down.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Then came the U.S. Marines, sliding down the
ropes. Within minutes, more than 20 Marines were on the roof,
and the two helicopters flew off.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Hundreds of Marines repeated that exercise
throughout Monday afternoon.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;This is, in essence, a dress rehearsal
for how we would take down a building,&quot; said Capt. James
D. Jarvis, the public affairs officer for the 26th Marine Expeditionary
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The Marines are in Dayton for the next two
weeks for urban training, which will include two nighttime assaults
and one daylight raid on abandoned buildings. Some training will
include live ammunition, according to Marine authorities.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The Marines will stage mock raids on Thursday,
Monday and Sept. 26, according to Col. Andrew Frick, 26th MEU
commander, who briefed local civic leaders at a Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base town hall meeting Monday. Marine helicopters will
be flying over the Dayton area frequently until the exercise
ends on Sept. 28.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The Marines were supposed to start early Monday,
but were delayed by weather conditions. By 10:15 a.m., a busload
of Marines arrived at the former school, which is at U.S. 35
and Abbey Avenue, and has been boarded up for years.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">About 11:30 a.m., three helicopters could
be seen in the haze over downtown Dayton. When they got near
the Delphi building across from the former school, the helicopters
two CH-46 Sea Knights and one CH-53 Super Stallion swooped
south, and then went north to land on the field in front of the
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">As the helicopters descended, heavy downwinds
from the propellers sprayed grass and dirt across the onlookers,
which included Dayton firefighters and police officers, some
taking pictures, Delphi workers and others.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">One gust blasted a tin can against the hood
of a Corvette leaving the Delphi parking lot.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The helicopters picked up Marines, then flew
off. A few minutes later, they were back. The Super Stallion
dropped Marines onto the lawn, and the smaller Sea Knights hovered
over the roof.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">As those helicopters continued to drop off
and pick up Marines, two other helicopters, AH-1W Super Cobras,
flew overhead. In a real mission, the Cobras would back up the
others, watching for and attacking enemies moving toward the
school, Jarvis said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Though some Dayton-area residents have protested
what they consider a military intrusion into a civilian environment,
the people who lined the sidewalk to watch seemed supportive.
So did the drivers who beeped their horns as they passed by.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Retired Dayton firefighter and Korean War
veteran Joe Abele, who watched from the sidewalk with his wife,
said the training impressed him.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;Once a Marine, always a Marine,&quot;
said Abele, 72, of Englewood, who joined the corps in 1949. &quot;That's
the reason I'm here. Anything to do with the Marine Corps, I
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Abele noted that U.S. soldiers can expect
more action in urban areas then he saw during his time in Korea.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;This kind of training is good,&quot;
Abele said. &quot;They find out what urban warfare is about.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The two-week session is the Marine unit's
first training exercise since returning from combat in Afghanistan
this year. They used the Super Stallions extensively in Afghanistan,
because the helicopters can travel farther and refuel during
flight, Jarvis said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The loud sounds of the helicopters slowed
traffic on U.S. 35, where drivers craned their necks to watch.
Neighbors were warned in advance: the days before any exercises,
Marines will go door-to-door to alert residents and business
owners near the training sites, Jarvis said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The Marines' exercise as part of its regular
schedule which includes six months of training followed by a
six-month overseas deployment. This exercise is called TRUEX,
for Training in an Urban Environment. The Marines have been conducting
TRUEX exercises since 1985, mainly in southeastern U.S. cities.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The drill gave the pilots practice landing
in densely populated areas, Jarvis said. The Marines who landed
on the building or the ground also got practice in an unfamiliar
environment which is the whole reason the Marines came to Dayton.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;We need to be prepared to very quickly
insert a force in an urban area,&quot; Jarvis said. &quot;Surprise
will save lives.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">For more information</FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Residents who have concerns or questions about
the military training being conducted in Dayton may call the
26th Marines Expeditionary Unit information hotline at (937)
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Contact </FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1">Lou
Grieco at 225-2057 or by e-mail at  lou_grieco@coxohio.com. Staff
writer Timothy R. Gaffney contributed to this report.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.17.2002] </FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Greene, Wright-Pat agree to cooperate</FONT></B></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Provides protocol for military-civilian police
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">By Joanne Huist Smith </FONT></B><FONT
e-mail address: <A HREF="mailto: joanne_smith@coxohio.com"> joanne_smith@coxohio.com<BR>
</A>Dayton Daily News</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">XENIA</FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1"> | In the
midst of a large U.S. Marine combat exercise and considerable
international tension, the Greene County Commission Tuesday approved
a mutual aid agreement between the sheriff's office and Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The agreement includes protocol for everything
from serving a court summons to handling a terrorist attack.
Today, U.S. Marines are staging combat exercises at two Greene
County locations.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;We've had a good, responsible relationship
with the U. S. Air Force for a long time,&quot; Greene County
Chief Deputy John Prugh said. &quot;There is nothing unusual
about it. This is for the lawyers.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The agreement follows similar protocols with
other local governments.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;We have similar agreements with other
municipalities,&quot; said Susan Murphy, a WPAFB spokesperson.
&quot;If this is something we haven't done before, there isn't
any reason why or why not. These are commonly used at the base
as an official way of securing a partnership with local authorities.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The agreement gives the base's 88th Security
Forces Squadron control of security in the event of a crash of
a military airplane or other vehicle. It also sets the procedure
for handling the theft of a nuclear weapon or nuclear materials.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;...members of the 88 SFS
may pursue and stop, by use of deadly force if necessary, any
person perpetrating such a crime and fleeing into areas within
the jurisdiction of the Greene County Sheriff's Office.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">In the event a crime is committed within the
jurisdiction of the sheriff's office and the suspect flees onto
the base, sheriff's officers may purse and arrest the person
on base, according to the agreement.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">In case of civil disturbances, disasters,
or calamities that seriously endanger life and property to an
extent that local police can't control the situation, the 88th
SFS agreed to provide Department of Defense police to assist.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Both parties also agreed to make available
its jail space in case of emergency. And the 88 SFS will provide
a Military Working Dog Team to search for explosives as the result
of a bomb threat or for humanitarian purposes such as searching
for a lost child.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Contact Joanne Huist Smith</FONT></B><FONT
SIZE="+1"> at 225-2362 or  joanne_smith@coxohio.com</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.18.2002] </FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Marines take to country</FONT></B></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Training exercise moves to fields</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">By Joanne Huist Smith </FONT></B><FONT
e-mail address: <A HREF="mailto: joanne_smith@coxohio.com"> joanne_smith@coxohio.com<BR>
</A>Dayton Daily News</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The U.S. Marines will expand their combat
training exercises from the urban streets of Dayton to rural
sections of Greene County today.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Marine helicopters also will land on football
or athletic fields at three Miami Valley high schools to talk
with students about military life and to recruit.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will begin
an aircraft recovery exercise about 2:30 p.m. at an old Air Force
radar site on Plymouth Road, just east of Heifner Road in Silvercreek
Twp. Marine Capt. James Jarvis said the Greene County location
will not be used as a mock raid site.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">We try to mirror what we are trying to accomplish
with the property available, Jarvis said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">According to the Greene County Historical
Society, the radar site was built around 1947 and staffed by
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">From the Plymouth Road site, the marines move
on to Skydive Greene County at 177 S. Monroe-Siding Road in Xenia
Twp. The 160-acre private, skydiving school in Xenia Twp. is
surrounded by corn and soy bean fields and has three runways.
Jarvis could not say what exercise would take place there.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Jump Master Scott Snyder said the military
contacted the business. We were told it basically would be a
nighttime operation, Snyder said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Also today, Marine helicopters will land at
Belmont High School in Dayton, Beavercreek High and Stebbins
High in Riverside for a show-and-tell on military life.</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Contact Joanne Huist Smith</FONT></B><FONT
SIZE="+1"> at 225-2362 or  joanne_smith@coxohio.com</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.18.2002</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">The few, the proud, the Marines</FONT></B></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Marines cause stir in Valley</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">By Mary McCarty </FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1"><BR>
e-mail address: <A HREF="mailto: mmccarty@coxohio.com"> mmccarty@coxohio.com<BR>
</A>Dayton Daily News</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">It was, at first blush, alarming. I drove
into Dayton on Sunday afternoon, after a week in New York City,
to find the skies of Dayton swarming with Marine helicopters.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">My son hopped up and down with excitement,
certain they were on some top-secret mission.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The menacing thwack-thwack-thwack of the choppers
seemed to put everyone on edge. My phone rang off the hook with
calls from friends: &quot;Are we attacking someone?&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">These are, after all, the same units first
deployed to Kandahar. But public affairs officers assure us that
the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is conducting the exercise
as part of its regular 12-month cycle.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The nearly 600 Marines and sailors involved
in the training, dubbed TRUEX Training in an Urban Environment
Exercise are scheduled to be deployed to the Mediterranean Sea
early next year.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Nothing out of the ordinary, perhaps, but
hardly routine for Daytonians. Marine Sgt. Roman Yurek fielded
dozens of calls Sunday on the TRUEX hot line at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base (904-3816). &quot;People were wanting to know
what was going on,&quot; Yurek said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">There have been a few critics. Two weeks ago,
a handful of people complained before Dayton City Commission,
concerned about war games being conducted in populated areas.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">But the hot line response has been overwhelmingly
positive, Yurek said: &quot;The people who have called in are
more curious than anything else,&quot; Yurek said. &quot;When
we tell them what's going on, they're enthusiastic.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">While they're here, the Marines hope to give
back to the community, to make up for the noise, the blocked-off
roads and other inconveniences.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They'll be visiting area schools to talk to
children, Yurek said, and some will spend a day working on a
Habitat for Humanity house.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">That's all very well for starters, but methinks
the Marines aren't thinking big enough. More than a few worthy
projects could benefit from a a few good enlisted troops around
here. What if we put the Marines to work on a few thorny community
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">We could have em manning pumps for the RiverScape
fountains in the vain hope they'll <I>finally</I> meet in the
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They could re-roof Dayton schools so poor
Dave Ponitz doesn't have to spend the rest of his fall on the
campaign stump.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They could take out a few remaining downtown
eyesores the crumbling Admiral Benbow Hotel in time for the
opening of the Schuster Center.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They could settle the Veterans Commission
brouhaha, once and for all.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They could sit down with some DP&amp;L execs
and politely explain the meaning of a &quot;Blue Chip stock.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They could stick around until next year when
the Ohio legislature and governor have to agree on a new two-year
operating budget.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">It could turn out to be the biggest battle
they see in their military careers.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Heck, since we're thinking really, really
big here, maybe one of them could quarterback the Bengals.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">And get my son to clean his room.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">After that, we might just think about letting
them go back to defending the free world.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Contact </FONT></B><FONT SIZE="+1">Mary
McCarty at  mmccarty@coxohio.com or 225-2209.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.18.2002]</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Chopper practice brings reality home</FONT></B></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Dayton Daily News</FONT></B></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Are those marine helicopters cool or what?
Their distant putt-putt-putt and not-so-distant, mirror-shaking
roar have fast integrated themselves into the Dayton scene.
Sometimes people don't even look up anymore. But the kids and
the men love them. Maybe even some women.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Whoever had the idea of practicing landings
in an urban area had a good one. Baghdad could be a challenge.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The Marine exercises have brought home to
the people of Dayton especially to the young people that these
are not exactly times of peace we're living in. There's a threatening
world out there, and the United States is, to say the least,
fully engaged.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The young Marines we've seen in pictures and
in person are volunteers. They are the former boys kids who
thought helicopters and military adventures were cool. They are
getting much out of their jobs in the way of adventure, travel,
growth and educational opportunities. Some of them are enjoying
themselves, at least more than they would enjoy loading crates
or pushing paper.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">But they may be asked to pay dearly.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">They are grown now, and they know what they're
into. Some are motivated, at least in part, by a desire to deploy
their youth and strength on work that others cannot do or are
afraid to do and that is deemed necessary by an appreciative
society. They want to be the brave ones, the heroes.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">When the time comes for them to go to Iraq
or someplace like that, some may begin to see more merit in other
kinds of employment. But, in truth, some of them will be exhilarated
by the prospect of real military action. It's what they've trained
for, and war is not hell for everybody. Gen. George Patton was
not the only one to love it.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Still, something profound separates young
military volunteers from other young people weighing job decisions:
The decisions they make could leave them with life-altering scars
if they are alive at all long after the tastes that motivated
those decisions are gone. They can pay a terrible price for finding
helicopters cool.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The more practice they get in Dayton, the
better. </FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.19.2002] </FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Marines land at Beavercreek High</FONT></B></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Troops take a break to show off aircraft</FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">By Joanne Huist Smith </FONT></B><FONT
e-mail address: <A HREF="mailto: joanne_smith@coxohio.com"> joanne_smith@coxohio.com<BR>
</A>Dayton Daily News</FONT></P>
| The helicopters, a SuperCobra attack model and a Sea Knight
troop transport, swooped down on Beavercreek High School like
the opening scenario of a video game.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">That's how 11-year-old Chris Rike described
the arrival of the U.S. Marines on the soccer field behind Beavercreek
High School and Ferguson Middle School on Wednesday morning.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;This has changed me. I want to do this.
I want to join the Marines,&quot; Chris said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The Marines, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.,
arrived in the Dayton area this week to prepare for deployment
in the Mediterranean Sea in March.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit planned
combat training exercises in Greene County on Wednesday at an
old radar site on Plymouth Road in Silvercreek Twp. and at Skydive
Greene County in Xenia Twp.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">But, the troops also visited Stebbins High
School in Riverside, Dayton's Belmont High School and the Beavercreek
campus to show off their aircraft and talk about life in one
of the toughest branches of military service.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;We're educating kids about who we are,
what we do and how we fit in the military picture,&quot; Gunnery
Sgt. Mark E. Bradley said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The dun-gray helicopters stole the show.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;It was just awesome to see,&quot; Beavercreek
seventh-grader Robby Kapaku said. &quot;We heard the helicopters
as soon as we walked outside the building. We looked up and they
were circling around the school. That's not something you see
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">While some in the crowd of 3,130 students
grumbled that the visit was just military PR, most clamored around
the Marines and their flying machines.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;I think it's amazing that they took
time out of their work to be here today,&quot; senior Kyle Stankowski
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">For one of the Marines, Cpl. Kevin D. Swallow,
the Dayton-area assignment was just an hour drive from his Lima
hometown. He enlisted in 2000, two months after graduation from
Shawnee High School. As an intelligence analyst for the Air Combat
Unit, Swallow briefs pilots on enemy locations before they leave
on missions, and he gathers information about what they've seen
when they return. He also provides pilots with images of mission
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;It's been an incredible experience,&quot;
Swallow said. &quot;Other people's lives depend on you. It makes
you grow up real fast.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">For 17-year-old Brittany Morris, the experience
Wednesday was personal. Her dad, a U. S. Marine, is a troop transport
pilot and serves overseas.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;This is so exciting. I've never been
inside one of these before,&quot; Brittany said. &quot;It kind
of showed me what he does.&quot;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The helicopters did a final flyover as students
headed back to class. For some kids, meeting the Marines and
seeing the black barrels of the weapons mounted on the attack
helicopter made the conflict in the world more real.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">&quot;It's kind of scary to think they (the
Marines) have to go to the Middle East,&quot; 13-year-old Lauren
Little said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">Contact Joanne Huist Smith</FONT></B><FONT
SIZE="+1"> at 225-2362 or by e-mail at  joanne_smith@coxohio.com</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.19.2002] </FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1"></FONT></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">U.S. Marine injured in grenade explosion</FONT></B></P>
<P><B><FONT SIZE="+1">By Timothy R. Gaffney </FONT></B><FONT
e-mail address: <A HREF="mailto: timothy_gaffney@coxohio.com"> timothy_gaffney@coxohio.com<BR>
</A>Dayton Daily News</FONT></P>
SIZE="+1"> | The 600 Marines performing urban warfare training
in the Dayton area suffered a casualty Monday when a flash-bang
grenade exploded in a soldiers hand, a spokesman confirmed Thursday.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The device, which uses a flash and noise to
disorient potential adversaries, went off as the Marine was preparing
to conduct room-clearing operations in the abandoned Jackson
School on Abbey Avenue in West Dayton, said Capt. James Jarvis,
spokesman for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Jarvis said would not release the Marines
name at the request of his family.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Dayton police said a soldier lost at least
one finger when a device exploded in his hand.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Emergency medical personnel and other Marines
on the scene helped stabilize the victim en route to Miami Valley
Hospital, where he underwent surgery, Jarvis said. The Marine
has been released and is recovering well, Jarvis said. The incident
is under investigation.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">This is a very tragic and unfortunate incident...
Right now, our thoughts are with this Marine and his family,
Jarvis said.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">Thursday night, the unit conducted a 45-minute
mock raid on an old NCR facility in Miami Twp., at the invitation
of a foreign nation. The assignment was to take the facility
and disarm those inside.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">The 26th MEU, based at Camp Lejeune in North
Carolina, is conducting urban training exercises in Montgomery
and Greene counties through Sept.28.</FONT></P>
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<P><FONT SIZE="+1">T<B>Contact Timothy R. Gaffney</B> at
225-2390 or  timothy_gaffney@coxohio.com. <B>Staff writer Lou
Greico</B> and <B>Cox News Service staff writer </B>Steve Sandlin
contributed to this report.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT SIZE="+1">[From the Dayton Daily News: 09.20.2002] </FONT></P>
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Counter-insurection training 25.Sep.2002 08:33


This sounds like they are doing more than simply training for urban warfare in other countries. I think they are also training to counter any insurections in this country. The next time a demonstration gets "out of hand", we may find ourselves facing military instead of cops. All they have to do it declare martial law and call up these urban warfare boys.