“Lt. Colonel Nathan Campbell checks over a C-17 with his flashlight at the airfield of JBLM
in January. The C-17 was among the aircraft involved in a late-night training exercise
July 26, 2015, that startled some residents in Thurston County.
Photo credit: Lui Kit Wong, The Olympian Staff photographer
While the Yelm area does not have the decibel level of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey, anyone in the Clearwood, Bald Hills & Lake Lawrence areas knows the impact of multiple helicopter sorties and low-flying aircraft just above the treetops that have been occurring well into dusk.
– From Dahr Jamail, Truthout:
‘This is a public health emergency that is literally killing people.’
This stark, shocking warning about the US Navy’s war-gaming in the Pacific Northwest comes from Dr. James Dahlgren, a doctor of occupational and environmental medicine who is also a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
He spoke with Truthout about how Navy warplanes flying in and out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, as well as the Navy’s OLF [Outlying Field] Coupeville in Washington State’s Puget Sound, are generating chronic exposure to noise levels well in excess of 80 decibels.”
– ‘Can the military be allowed to willfully and irreparably injure citizens in order to conduct their training?‘”
– “Late-night JBLM aircraft noise rattles Thurston County residents”
“A late-night training mission with military aircraft has left some residents in Thurston County feeling rattled and confused.
The Olympian received multiple inquiries about low-flying aircraft that had buzzed over neighborhoods across the county late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
As it turns out, the aircraft were part of a “large scale rehearsal” with the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord<" by Andy Hobbs, The Olympian.