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Marine artillery training will begin this week at Fort Bragg

A visit from the 10th Marine Field Artillery Regiment to Fort Bragg will mean a larger than usual presence of loud explosions and artillery fire.

The Marines will conduct their biannual field artillery section certifications, command post exercise and live-fire training, Operation Rolling Thunder, from March 24 through April 10. The 10th Marines will fire significant quantities of M777 Howitzer 155mm ammunition from twenty different M777 howitzers, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation.

At the same time, field artillery units from the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Field Artillery Brigade will conduct live-fire training resulting in additional explosions and reverberations.

“The training provided at Fort Bragg is necessary to help maintain the readiness of the 10th Marine Regiment,” said Sharilyn Wells, spokeswoman for Fort Bragg. “We ask the communities surrounding Fort Bragg to be understanding while they train here.”

According to Wells, all field artillery units will comply with existing requirements that prohibit them from firing larger than battalion size between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily or from firing between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday.