Soldiers to conduct mortar firing training at Joint Base MDL through Saturday

     U.S. Marines fire an M120 mortar system during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 at Camp Pendleton, California on February 3rd, 2014. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together U.S. Marines and sailors and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers for realistic, real-world training. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry.

    U.S. Marines fire an M120 mortar system during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 at Camp Pendleton, California on February 3rd, 2014. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together U.S. Marines and sailors and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers for realistic, real-world training. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean R. Berry.

    Residents near Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst may hear “booms” and feel “rumbles” through Saturday.

    The 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment from Massachusetts will conduct mortar firing training at the base, according to a military press release. The activity is scheduled to end at 11 p.m. each day.

    “This training is essential and helps to ensure the readiness of America’s fighting force. As a result of these units performing their important training, residents may hear more noise than usual coming from the ranges and may experience possible ground shaking. It is important to note that noise from the ranges may travel farther during overcast weather conditions,” the release states.

    The 42,000-acre installation spans more than 20 miles through portions of Burlington and Ocean counties. 

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