San Antonio police said residents and visitors in downtown San Antonio and areas immediately east of downtown could see U.S. Army personnel undergo training Aug. 8.
The San Antonio Police Department used its social media Aug. 7 to inform the public that the Army “will conduct essential military training in designated locations in the downtown and east service area” between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.
According to the SAPD’s social media post, the evening will include “air and ground mobility operations and close-quarter combat training to enhance soldiers’ skills by operating in a realistic environment.”
Police said residents downtown-area residents and guests may hear “low-flying helicopters, simulated gunfire and controlled explosions during periods of darkness.”
According to SAPD and the Army, San Antonio’s downtown area features “unique, local terrain” that simulates environments troops may encounter upon deployment.
Police Chief William McManus said communications and planning between SAPD and the Army regarding this training event began months ago.
“Being that San Antonio is known as ‘Military City, USA,’ we have a long history and strong relationship with the U.S. military, and we’re honored to be able to provide support to the U.S. Army as they conduct this critical training in our city,” McManus said.
District 1 Council Member Mario Bravo, who represents downtown, and District 2 City Council Member Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, who represents the east side, used their social media channels to inform their constituents of the training exercise.
Bravo and McKee-Rodriguez urged area pet owners to protect their pets that might be sensitive to loud noises.
McKee-Rodriguez also said safety precautions are in place to protect participants and residents, and SAPD personnel will be on-site to ensure the safety of both residents and participants.