Thu, Jan 17, 2013
Subject: Spring City Weapons Training – FEMA Response
Following is a video link to a KSL news report from yesterday.
Special Forces in Manti, Utah
Exercise to declare martial law, house troops with citizens (1 of 5 selected US sites).
10 active duty special
A concept presentation was made by Paul Weddel with US Special Operations Command by the joint staff. He proposed that a "Stability Operations Exercise" be launched in Sanpete County next summer to help keep costs down for the military and at the same time create an ideal "irregular warfare" experience for soldiers and key leaders.
The training would entail both short and long-term planning targets and objectives, Weddel said. Ten active duty units of special forces would come to Sanpete for the training beginning about July 1, 2013.
The actual exercises would begin during the latter part of July and last for about two weeks. The plan is to have the units divided into about 19 different groups. Many of the soldiers will simply be dressed in civilian uniforms while the opposition troops will be uniformed.
Weddel said they would want to be good neighbors with Sanpete County residents and will do police agreements prior to the exercises. At the present time, Weddel is seeking to obtain local support for the mission by educating local authorities.