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UPDATE: Marine training could unnerve area residents

Activity near Columbia County expected Feb. 5

Posted: January 23, 2013 - 5:58pm  |  Updated: January 24, 2013 - 1:24pm


Columbia County won’t be under attack for the next few days, but at times it might sound like it.

Students from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Marine Special Operations School, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., are scheduled to conduct a 20-day training exercise across a five-county area that includes Columbia County and portions of South Carolina through Feb. 12, according to an email announcement from the Marine Corps.

The exercise, called Derna Bridge, will be conducted in or near Columbia County, along with the South Carolina counties of Richland, Sumter, Edgefield, Saluda, McCormick, Greenwood and Abbeville, around Sumter Naitonal Forest, the announcement states.

Students from the special operations school and about 270 service members from throughout the military, along with local volunteers, will simulate an active military engagement and could include “blank gunfire and occasional flares,” the announcement said.

“Residents who encounter any difficulties associated with this training should contact local law enforcement officials,” who have coordinated with the Marine Corps in planning the exercise, the report says.

Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the agency has held discussions with the Marine Corps about the exercise, and said most of the operations are expected to take place inside Sumter National Forest away from populated areas.

Columbia County won't likely see any of the activities until possibly Feb. 5, when the operation is scheduled to be around the SC&G dam on the Savannah River at Stevens Creek. 

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Am I the only one who have

Am I the only one who has visions of "War of the Worlds" fixing to go on in Columbia County?? Can you imagine the local good ol' boys grabbing their shotguns when they hear the "blank gunfire" and see those flares popping and fizzing around?? On second thought, you might want to mix in some scenes from "Red Dawn" in those scenarios as well! Take my advice...if you hear someone yelling "Oooooo-doggie!!! They don't know who they're messin' with!!!! Come'on, boys!!"....then just go back inside and lock your door!


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Get over it already. We are war! It is not so outside of the box for the military to be conducting a military exercise in the community. As for the good ol' boys; I would not regret to see what happens if they accidentally fired a shot off.

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