In June, Carbon and Emery County will host a special operations training of the National Guard and become a mock вЂњhostileвЂќ environment.
COL. Robert Dunton approached the Emery County Commission on Tuesday to receive approval for this special operations training.
вЂњIt has become obvious our officers were not receiving the appropriate skills to complete their duty,вЂќ said Dunton. вЂњWe needed a DOD area to complete these trainings and Utah was the first location considered.вЂќ
Dunton continued to explain the training will be from June 1 to June 18 and will consist of four teams inserted into a mock hostile environment.
вЂњIn the scenario Utah has been overrun by occupational forces,вЂќ Dunton explained. В вЂњIt will be the task of the teams to infiltrate that force. Those chosen are the best of the U.S. inventory.вЂќ
The team will be a Halo team jumping at 27,000ft coming to land in Southern Emery County on the land of the Castle Valley Ranch. From there teams will work their way on foot from Southern Emery County to Northern Carbon County to help local partisans overcome the regime. Dunton expressed soldiers will mostly be dressed in civilian attire and walk among the residents, however they will be carrying unloaded weapons. Live fire will stay within the boundaries of the North Springs Shooting Range, as approved by Carbon County officials.
вЂњWe want to stress to the community that this is not an invasion, and that these officers will be monitored at all times,вЂќ Dunton said.вЂќ They will mostly operate in periods of darkness and their routes and scenarios will be previously mapped.вЂќ
Dunton estimates the activity will bring anywhere from $20-$30,000 into local communities, and they are requesting the support of area residents, and law enforcement.
вЂњWe are asking for volunteers from the community to assist with this training, and local law enforcement will be involved,вЂќ he continued.
A public meeting will be held on April 2, 2013 from 6-8:00p.m. to answer questions and enlist volunteers at the Price Armory.