Dragoons, Rangers will hold joint exercise in Vernon

Armies coming to town

Gunfire will be heard near Vernon military camp later this month, but there is no need for concern.

The Okanagan-based British Columbia Dragoons will be conducting training exercises with the Rocky Mountain Rangers out of Kamloops and Prince George.

Sgt. Jesse Bolzan, with the Dragoons, said blank rounds will be used for parts of the training exercise that is scheduled for Feb. 21-23.

“We are going to be doing a combined arms exercise with the infantry,” said Bolzan.“We are going to be doing two days of training with them (Rangers).”

On Feb. 22 the camp will be closed and the Dragoons will go through the camp with their armour, while the Rangers will be on foot.

“We are going to work through built up areas. So that will be clearing buildings and trying to manoeuvre around corners and what not,” he said.

On the 23, the exercise moves away from the camp to a different training area.

“We are going to do combined arms attacks,” said Bolzan. “That will be the armoured guys mounted and the infantry on foot and taking major objectives.”

Bolzan said the Feb. 22 training event will most likely be the one people hear as it is closer to the populace.

“It should really only effect people south of the hospital,” he said. “It is not super loud, the sound might carry a little bit, but it shouldn't be too disruptive.”

Bolzan said the city and RCMP have been informed of the planned training exercises.

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