Army to head for PCMS training ground


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A Stryker vehicle maneuvers during training at National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Ca., last summer. - SPC. RANDIS MONROE
  • Spc. Randis Monroe
  • A Stryker vehicle maneuvers during training at National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Ca., last summer.
Later this month, if you drive Interstate 25, you might see a convoy heading for the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for exercises. It will be hard to miss, because about 600 vehicles — 300 of them Stryker armored vehicles — will form a train from Fort Carson.

According to a news release, the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and some associate units will be in the convoy May 26 to May 30. The exercise will last two weeks and is called Operation Raider Focus.

The post has coordinated with the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Police and local law enforcement and municipal agencies, the news release said.

More from the release:
Convoys will consist of no more than 30 vehicles per group, and 30-minute spacing is planned between each convoy. Convoys will travel at 40 miles per hour and utilize two routes.

Convoys will travel on Interstate Highway 25, U.S. Highway 160, U.S. Highway 350, State Highway 115, U.S. Highway 50, U.S. Highway 87, State Highway 167, and State Highway 10. Due to the increase in vehicle traffic and slow speed of the convoys travelers may experience delays.

No travel will occur on I-25 through Pueblo during the hours of 7 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m., which is during peak rush hour time periods.

Increased dust and noise levels from this exercise can be expected during this time period, due to training and vehicle traffic throughout the training area. The training includes day and night blank-fire exercises incorporating aircraft and military members from the Army and Air Force.

The purpose of Raider Focus is to prepare Soldiers for any possible mission should the unit be called to support any contingency around the globe. During the exercise, crews will engage simulated targets using different scenarios to build team cohesion and ensure they are proficient in their skills. The unit will redeploy to Fort Carson in mid-June.

Noise complaints should be directed to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-9849.
The PCMS has been controversial with surrounding landowners concerned about over-use of the grasslands.


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