Residents of Fort Riley and surrounding communities have been hearing increased noise in recent weeks due to multiple training exercises. There has also been initial operational testing and evaluation of the Army’s latest artillery system – the M109A7 Paladin 155 mm self-propelled Howitzer.
Fort Riley officials say training noise will continue on post through late March as Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division complete range training on a compressed timeline. Units involved include the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, Division Artillery and several National Guard and Army Reserve units. Specific periods of increased volume of fire are expected Feb. 15-18, Feb. 26 – March 2 and March 8 – 22.
“U.S. Army Soldiers, especially those assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, must be prepared to fight in any condition, day or night,” said Fort Riley Garrison Commander Col. John Lawrence. “In order to do this, and maintain proficiency, they must train in as many elements as possible before deploying into harm’s way. Fort Riley’s simulated and virtual training can only replace a certain amount of the hands-on live training required to build fighting skills.”
Lawrence added he understands that daily life can be occasionally disrupted by the sometimes intrusive noise caused by on-post training.
“I, along with other Fort Riley and 1st Infantry Division leaders, appreciate the sacrifices made by our neighbors as Soldiers build readiness and train for the defense of our country,” he said.