The City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management (OEMC) earlier this week issued a news release regarding ongoing military training in Chicago. The City of Chicago is providing support for a routine military training exercise in and around the Chicagoland area on July 22-25. This routine training is conducted by military personnel in cities across the country, designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments as service members meet mandatory training certification requirements and prepare for upcoming overseas deployments.
According to the OEMC, training sites have been carefully selected to minimize the impact on the daily routine of residents, and he training is not open to the public.
Last year training was conducted in downtown Chicago in mid-April and at the former Sheraton Chicago Northwest Hotel at Euclid Avenue and Rohlwing Road.
The personnel training are believed to be from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). The motto of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) is ‘Night Stalkers Don’t Quit.’ The personnel with the 160th are known to use U.S. Army MH-60L Blackhawk helicopters and the smaller MH-6 Little Bird helicopters that were reported in Chicago. Both of these type of helicopters were seen training in darkness at the former Sheraton Northwest Chicago high rise last year overnight Thursday to Friday, April 19-20, 2012.
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