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“SONIC BOOMS HAVE FT. LEWIS NEIGHBORS SOUNDING OFF”

“On YouTube you can see the rockets that might be headed to Fort Lewis. They’re known as “HIMARS” – short for “high mobility artillery rocket system.” En route to enemy targets, they break the sound barrier…

Loud weapon exercises are nothing new for Fort Lewis’ neighbors…

Fort Lewis commanders say they want to be good neighbors. If the tests start next year, they would happen only during daylight hours and at most spread out over four weeks throughout the year.

Officials at Fort Lewis declined our request for an on-camera interview.

A base spokesman said the program is anything but a “done deal” and the fort wants to hear from and work with any neighbors concerned about it.

The U.S. Army is taking public input on the proposal for the next two weeks.

Comments can be mailed to Army Public Works at IMWE-LAW-PWE MS17 Attn: Mr. Van Hoesen, P.O. Box 339500, Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500 or by sending an e-mail to bill.vanhoesen@us.army.mil, ” quoting KING-5 TV News in Seattle.
[Ed. Note: Click on the video in this story!]

To all Yelm, McKenna, Roy & Nisqually Reservation neighbors to Ft. Lewis, please send your comments to:

Army Public Works at IMWE-LAW-PWE MS17
Attn: Mr. Van Hoesen
P.O. Box 339500
Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500
or by sending an e-mail to bill.vanhoesen@us.army.mil

The Army Times report on this story.

More Ft. Lewis trees in our area to be harvested? From the Seattle Times.

The Olympian story includes decibel levels for our area!

Posted by Steve on September 20, 2008 at 6:48 am | Permalink

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