Sounds from large-scale Marine Corps training exercise being monitored

December 12th, 2013 | by Crystal Chatham | Comments

Marines of Kilo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines (3/11) move unexploded ordnance out of a truck to pack it in crates before traveling to another location on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 during Exercise Steel Knight at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. This year’s Exercise Steel Knight is currently under way and the Combat Center is urging community members to report sounds heard outside of the base. Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms is monitoring sounds emanating from the base through Monday, the base announced last week in advance of an annual training exercise, now underway, that involves thousands of Marines.

The Combat Center is one of five Marine Corps bases in California and Arizona hosting a share of 25,000 Marines and Sailors for Exercise Steel Knight, which started Dec. 4 and continues into early next week.

Steel Knight is a combined arms live-fire exercise with Marine air and ground units firing high-explosive munitions at the Combat Center’s ranges. At other bases including Camp Pendleton near Oceanside and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, Marines are practicing amphibious landings and tactical recovery of downed aircraft and personnel.

During the training, the Combat Center is urging community members to report sounds heard outside of the base using an online reporting system created in advance of the program. The sound reporting web page was created “in an effort to improve our understanding of how our training affects the community,” the Combat Center statement said.

Community members can input the date, time, location, and duration of noises heard. A 1-to-5 scale describing “level of annoyance” can also be clicked.

The page is hosted by the base’s Community Plans and Liaison Office.

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