The Carroll National Guard unit will train on urban military operations by holding a four-day exercise at Arcadia.
The purpose of the April 2-5 drill will be to gather intelligence, then search for and apprehend a suspected weapons dealer, according to Sgt. Mike Kots, readiness NCO for Alpha Company.
Citizens, law enforcement, media and other supporters will participate.
Troops will spend Thursday, April 2, staging at a forward operations base at Carroll. The next day company leaders will conduct reconnaissance and begin patrolling the streets of Arcadia to identify possible locations of the weapons dealer.
The primary phase will be done Saturday, April 4, when convoys will be deployed from Carroll to Arcadia. Pictures of the arms dealer will be shown in Arcadia, and soldiers will go door to door asking if residents have seen the suspect.
Soldiers will knock only at households that have agreed to participate in the drill, Kots noted.
"Once credible intelligence has been gathered," said Kots, "portions of the town will be road-blocked and more in-depth searches of homes and vehicles will be conducted in accordance with the residents' wishes.
"One of the techniques we use in today's political environment is cordon and knock," Kots explained. "We ask for the head of the household, get permission to search, then have them open doors and cupboards. The homeowner maintains control. We peer over their shoulder, and the soldier uses the homeowner's body language and position to protect him."
During this phase of the operation, troops will interact with residents and media while implementing crowd-control measures and possibly treating and evacuating injured persons.
The unit will use a Blackhawk helicopter for overhead command and control, and to simulate medevacs.
The drill will culminate in the apprehension of the suspected arms dealer.
Alpha Company will conduct a review of the drill on Sunday, April 5.
A meeting to give residents more information and accept volunteers will be held 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Arcadia American Legion hall.
Kots said the exercise will replace Alpha Company's weekend drill for April.
"We have a lot of extended drills this coming year," he added.
In addition to surveillance, searching and apprehension, the exercise will also give the troops valuable experience in stability, support, patrol, traffic control, vehicle searches and other skills needed for deployment in an urban environment.
"This exercise will improve the real-life operational skills of the unit," said Kots. "And it will hopefully improve the public's understanding of military operations."
The pre-drill work with residents is as important at the drill itself.
"It will be important for us to gain the trust and confidence of the residents of Arcadia," said Kots. "We will need to identify individuals that are willing to assist us in training by allowing us to search their homes and vehicles and to participate in role-playing."
"We really want to get as much information out there as possible, because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia."
Devil505 wrote:Is Obama gonna try to take our guns away?...Of course!! (If you listen to the NRA)
I never bought into that "Camel's nose in the tent"..NRA *censored*. (NRA--Make sure you run out & buy more guns & ammo because......... they are coming after them!!...yeah..yeah...that's why ...but act now...operators are standing by!!)
There are similar government plots:
The damned state of Massachusetts requires me to have working headlights, brakes & a horn!!.....Obviously it's the first step before they come to confiscate all of our SUV's!!
How about them making us get a license to get married!!
& then having to report how many wives you have & where they live for the "so called" census!! ...Yeah Right!!.....Who they kidding?!?
They're obviously planning on coming to take all of our wives!!..... (well.......on 2nd thought )...Just kidding!! ...Settle down!!
LeonMSPT wrote:That one hanging out in expensive care, should he recover, will most likely find something else to do for money once he gets back on his feet. Good shooting.
jpete wrote:I believe parts of Florida allow you to shoot people for even threatening you. Just a suggestion, if you are ever down there, be nice to everyone!
LeonMSPT wrote:The requirement of "reasonable force" always applies, no matter where the person who "feels threatened" happens to be. You are required by law to act "reasonably" given the facts known to you at that time. You cannot use deadly force in any jurisdiction in the country unless you feel your life, or the life of a third party, is in danger from the credible threat of death or serious bodily injury.
What you are referring to is the presumption that you have a right to be where you are, and are under no obligation to run away or attempt to retreat to protect yourself as opposed to simply defending yourself. There are still places where you are legally required to try to retreat to safety, rather than use deadly force to protect yourself. In Maine, you used to have to run from your own house. Before we passed "The Castle Doctrine" law, which recognized that a man's home is his "castle" and he is under no obligation to leave it.
That is a far cry from what you are portraying. It's dishonest and preposterous to portray it in that light.jpete wrote:I believe parts of Florida allow you to shoot people for even threatening you. Just a suggestion, if you are ever down there, be nice to everyone!
Q. When can I use my handgun to protect myself?
A. Florida law justifies use of deadly force when you are:
* Trying to protect yourself or another person from death or serious bodily harm;
* Trying to prevent a forcible felony, such as rape, robbery, burglary or kidnapping.
Q. What if someone uses threatening language to me so that I am afraid for my life or safety?
A. Verbal threats are not enough to justify the use of deadly force. There must be an overt act by the person which indicates that he immediately intends to carry out the threat. The person threatened must reasonably believe that he will be killed or suffer serious bodily harm if he does not immediately take the life of his adversary.
KLook wrote:How far back are you going when you had to flee your house in Maine? I have lived here my entire life and I don't remember it. We would have ignored it anyway.