Some days I wake up and wonder what country I’m in. First of all, Isn’t this the responsibility of the AFT? And what the hell is the National Guard doing going door-to-door looking for weapons?
Guardsmen to conduct “Urban Training” at Arcadia in April
By BUTCH HEMAN; Staff Writer
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.
Oh, how nice. Perhaps they’ll serve cookies and ice cream at the social mixer afterwards when we’re done butt-raping the Second Amendment.
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.
Oh, how elegant. How pleasant.
“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.
No word from the Anne Frank museum on what they think of this “in-depth search” business.
“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.”
The unit will use a Blackhawk helicopter for overhead command and control, and to simulate medevacs.
Yes, a black helicopter circling overhead certainly will be no cause for any of the local loonies to panic or be frightened.
The drill will culminate in the apprehension of the suspected arms dealer.
And we’ll all join hands a sing “Kum-bay-Yah” while we toast marshmallows over the burning Constitution.
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.
The pre-drill work with residents is as important at the drill itself. “We really want to get as much information out there as possible, because this operation could be pretty intrusive to the people of Arcadia.”
Gee, ya think? I live in freaking TEXAS, and I’m feeling the intrusion ‘waaayyyyy over here.