Fort Bragg Will Rumble with Artillery Training

There should be plenty of rumblings around Fort Bragg over the next few weeks.

Marines from Camp Lejeune are returning to Fort Bragg for their biannual artillery training.

As always, the Marines are expected to fire "significant amounts of 155 mm ammunition, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberation upon detonation."

For locals, that means big booms scaring pets and rattling windows.

In the past, the training has been known to rattle homes miles from Fort Bragg. At times, the training has been heard several counties away.

According to Fort Bragg, the Marines arrive Monday and will be in town until Oct. 23.

They'll be firing guns for most of that stay, roughly from Wednesday to Oct. 18.

Expect booms at all hours of the day and night, but the Marines will observe restrictions that limit massing fires larger than battalion-size between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily or from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

Outside mass fires, there is no restriction on artillery training based on time of day.

The training could create some congestion on Fort Bragg's western training area.

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You can almost tell time by the Marines' visits.

The 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division trains on Fort Bragg each March and October.

The exercise, known as Rolling Thunder, is one of the regiment's largest, and it's the best known example of how Marines from nearby Camp Lejeune leave their base to take advantage of the nation's largest military installation.

The open space at Fort Bragg allows the Marines to train in ways they simply can't at Camp Lejeune.

It's a longstanding relationship, but one that until recently was fairly one-sided.

That's changed, though, as more and more Fort Bragg soldiers have been making incursions into MarineLand for training.

In particular, the helicopters of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade have become a fairly common sight over Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Those installations provide the unfamiliar environments the Pegasus Brigade needs, and provide an alternative to training while Fort Bragg's aerial gunnery range undergoes revamping.

That could be of little comfort to locals in the coming weeks.

As your walls shake in your Fayetteville home, take note that sometime soon Fort Bragg troops may fly over a Jacksonville home, returning the favor.

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