Military occupy Ocala by the hundreds

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Military occupy Ocala for “Operation Guardian.”

[Last updated on June 23, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.]

Ocala, Florida — On Monday, Community Technical & Adult Education (CTAE) spokeswoman Janie Gunnell said that Marion County citizens should not worry about the 600 to 700 military personal that have recently occupied Ocala.

The military has taken over the Westport High School parking lot and it is currently filled with military vehicles.

According to reports, the military is in Ocala for “Operation Guardian,” and it will culminate on June 25, 2015.

The military said the training exercise is necessary to hone their skills in the event of a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

“[CTAE] can provide the best training area and the best training instructors anywhere in the country,” Lt. Col. Tim Snider said. “This exercise has been four years in planning.”

Many citizens have made it clear via e-mail and social media that they are not comfortable with the military training in Ocala on such a large scale. Some readers have even asked if the training exercises had anything to do with Jade Helm 15.

The military says there is nothing to fear because it is just a training exercise.

Ocala Post asked officials if this operation was in connection to Jade Helm 15, but a response was not received by the time this article was published.

UPDATE:

In regards to the training exercise having any connection to Jade Helm 15, Gunnell stated, “No, not that I am aware of.”

“[The training exercises] are 100 percent search and rescue and other life saving training,” Gunnell said. “It is an honor to have the different military units training in our town and at CTAE’s facilities.”

According to Gunnell, the training will be conducted at the CTAE “All Hazards Training Center,” located at Southwest 67th Avenue Road, Ocala.

Seven different military units will be training in search and rescue and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE).

 

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  • Rob Gunn

    I have to ask. Soldiers have staged at schools for an exercise. Are these soldiers bearing arms? 600-700 is kind of a lot for annual training. School property that I pay for through taxes, if firearms are carried there its a violation of federal law as I understand. The National Guard and Coast Guard are the only branches of the armed forces that can conduct training outside of a military installation. Training for natural disasters?

    • Jordan Hart

      It’s summer break, so at least the studenrs aren’t on campus.

      • Kenyan Mocker

        Federal and State laws prohibit having firearms on the property whether student are there or not.

        • Pat Clarke

          Barry opines “the law is what I say it is” , or at least seems to project that ‘tude.

          • SidSeven

            You the tude, dude…jealous much?

          • Kenyan Mocker

            Why would you even try to imply it may be jealously? Is that the highest level your intellect will allow you to understand?

          • SidSeven

            Resentment comes to mind…

        • Shyanha

          Parking lot premises. Guns can be carried onto a school parking lot, but not into the building (premises). A gun can legally be carried right up to the door, but not past it. The exception is when a school-sponsored event (like a school carnival) is occurring in the parking lot. In that case premises is basically extended to include the parking lot.

        • celeste

          Wow
          Did you ever think Terrorist don’t give a rats ass about our Constitution. They will just slaughter you and your family. Then you will ask where’s the army.

          • wsthomas

            If you live in fear, then the goberment is going to take care of you? Really? You don’t know history or people.

        • Ricky Florida

          Did you see a firearm?

          • Kenyan Mocker

            I was stating law.
            What are you stating?
            You’ll have to assume that anyone going to retrieve a vehicle will leave their firearm off grounds, which is possible.

        • sidearm45 .

          Those laws never apply to law enforcement agencies, U.S. military and/or National Guard troops.

      • Whitney

        I actually attended this school. School made be out, but there is still a lot of students on campus either for summer school or extra curricular activites.

      • Vickie Heindel

        I was up there today and there were plenty of students on campus. There was a police officer guarding the gate entering west port. I was able to get in the back because of drivers ed classes.

        • sandy

          were the military vehicles there?

          • missy

            we drove by westport today, there were military and hazmat vehicles there

      • missy

        there are students on campus

      • SidSeven

        Is there no Amurcan can speel?

        • Kenyan Mocker

          Once again you show how little intellect you have. Yes, things have been shown to be a threat to our rights and your best show is to be a spell checker.
          Childish best describes you. Now run along and play with your little friends.

          • Starr Long

            I really get tired of the idiots that can’t figure out what your talking about without every letter in a sentence being correct. They may not take in to consideration you don’t have spell check, Your keys are sticking or you are in a rush. But I have found some of the most intelligent people may not be able to spell worth a damn, and some of the stupidest people become spell checkers.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            How many times have you seen posts where the letters are scrambled or interchanged with numbers and asks if you can read them? I’m sure most those spell and grammar fanatics can’t decipher them and from that frustration of never being able to a be a “code” breaker lash out.

          • SidSeven

            I was writing computer code back in the late 80’s.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            That’s funny, I was paying people to write code back in the 80’s. Wonder if I ever fired you.

          • SidSeven

            I’m older than you are you idiot punk.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            So you fit that “too soon old, never smart” saying.

          • SidSeven

            I suspect your IQ matches your age, & I’m likely decades older than you are.

    • Tom Jones

      It is of course another violation of Posse Comitatus!
      But then everything the US military is doing this summer is a violation!

      • SidSeven

        Oh Really? Are you nuts?

        • Nationalistic Alpinist

          Tom is right. read your constitution. Who ever planned this and if it happens and the military trains in cities they are gonna go to jail for a long time if and when the supreme court rules on this one. so sid you are nuts dog. lol

          • SidSeven

            My ancestors rubbed elbows with the guys who WROTE the freaking Constitution…twice, & by the way, left out some really important bits….before adjourning to the nearest TAVERN.

          • wsthomas

            If you think these trainings are for the benefit of the people, you are sadly mistaken. When terrorism is the predominate threat at this time, shouldn’t they be at the borders? These training exercises are for population control. Nothing else. After today’s SCROTUS rulings any sane person should see the direction this country is going. When the stock market crashes this fall, you will understand the reason for the training exercises. By the way, Russia is holding these same kind of execises on the Scandinavian border.

          • SidSeven

            PFFFFFFTPBPB! That, my corporate friend, is a Bronx Cheer!

          • waya unega

            Have you heard that behind closed doors the Constitution was rewritten?

      • Mazza

        It is not a violation of posse comitatus. They are there to learn, sadly if you go to school using government funds as a unit you must wear a uniform and use government travel. Seeing conspiracies break out over this excersize is making me question any legitimacy in any conspiracy period..

    • jim

      two bombs went off last night around 9:30 pm my house and windows rattelled . and later that night i got some vistors in my drive

      • missy

        we heard what sounded like a bomb as well….shook the doors and windows,,,,,,we live out side the shores…..did not get any visitors though…..who were your visitors if you dont mind me asking?

        • missy

          all of our neighbors were outsjde as well

          • Ricky Florida

            Nothing to do with the training. That was somewhere else you freaks.

          • missy

            i can assure you I’m not a freak young man…..

    • missy

      very concerning that these are military personel doing this….and its seven different military units…..and there are several hazmat trailers there…we went there today and I took some pics….i had not heard anything about jade helm 15 until i read this article……now im on info overload

      • Ricky Florida

        Do you want to have somebody rescue you and your family in case a big accident or attack happened in the USA??

        • Starr Long

          Not the government!

    • Ricky Florida

      Remember Katrina???? Yes it is reserve. Yes it is anual training. No, no weapons. Not training at school. Just a parking lot to keep vehicles. Schools are in recess. Soldiers also pay taxes, and then some. This is just sensationalist very irresponsible journalism.

      • wsthomas

        Sadly, this has been going on for ten years around the country. It’s about shutting down the grid and turning out the lights in the chicken coop. Silence! As a vet, you train in the most likely scenario to accomplish the securing of the zone you are tasked to lock down. No better place to train than your own back yard.

  • Ron

    As long as they park them outside Sect. 8 housing I am fine with it.

    • cubiclelife

      ignorant mindset.

    • SidSeven

      Bigot, also idiot. Most folks on welfare are white ya know, & half of them are children. I think your brain is on welfare…

  • Marissa Heath

    I personally attend West Port High and I have no idea what military would be doing occupying the school, but if it is just a training exercise than I suppose there is something going on, as long they aren’t baring arms around civilians I have no problems.

    • mike hunt

      This is Jade Helm 15. And so you know the military has no business policing and or training on US soil. And for the record the military ALWAYS trains where its mission will be carried out and that’s FACT. Just because they say something else don’t mean you have to buy it.

      • Tom Jones

        Millions of us are not buying their bullshit!

      • Yellowxj

        Proof?
        If indeed they are training to respond to NBC/terrorist attacks the it would make sense to “train where its mission will be carried out.”

      • Kim Bailey

        So, you just said, the military always trains where the mission will take place, uhhh yah, kinda destroys the whole, “element of surprise” thing, now, doesn’t it………..

      • SidSeven

        What the ??? Are you actually in a coma?

      • freebird

        then there training here should serve as a huge red flag.

    • Tom Jones

      It is not a matter of an individual’s opinion Marissa. This is a violation of the Rule of Law, and that is what is concerning the adults in these posts.
      I know that’s not what is being commonly taught in the propaganda mills they call schools now a days, but critical thinking is crucial to successful adult living.

      • SidSeven

        Well, in that case you fail, utterly.

  • Gregg Brennan

    Everybody loves “the troops” when they’re in Iraq and anywhere else but in their own back yard.

    • Thomas in Jacksonville

      WHY are they in the backyard?? And it is not the soldier that people have a problem with, but his Commander in Chief that no one trust.

      • Aaron Washington

        Here we go blaming Obama again……yawwwwwnnn. Next topic please.

        • Kim Bailey

          This is a TYPICAL reaction to any FACTUAL statements concerning “fearful leader”, move along, nothing to see here….just won’t work anymore. When you want to be the boss, ya gotta be able to do boss shit, and that means the RESPONSIBILITY too, not just the golf vacations.

          • Aaron Washington

            As if we don’t have photos of Bush on the golf course more than a few times …. Please miss me with this BS

          • mike hunt

            Bush biggest pos on earth…next…..

          • Gregg Brennan

            Not to mention the fact Bush was on vacation for an entire month prior to 9/11.

          • sidearm45 .

            Actually you don’t have those photos. Bush thought it would be wrong for some family that just lost a son or daughter during military service to see him out on the golf course. So as much as he loved the game he played very rarely. 24 times in 8 years. As usual the Obama sycophants speak without knowing or caring about the facts. Bush also stayed in DC until after Christmas so all of his support staff could be with their families for the holidays. This included a press corp that hated him. Bush was capable of thinking about other people. Obama can’t get over his own ego.

          • Aaron Washington

            Sit down somewhere and get your facts straight. You act like you know Bush personally and knew his schedule. Your spoonfed Info like everybody else that the media tries to shove down our throat. But we got him on video reading children’s books and didn’t even flinch when he was told not once but two times that planes had been flown into the WTC. It was his ego that got us into this cluster f**k of a mess we have in Iraq. Invading the wrong country from the start. Always standing at the podium like a good ole cowboy attitude and studering over words. It was his ego that waited damn near 5 days to send help to New Orleans when Katrina hit. He f**ked up and had the chance to get Bin Laden his croonies let him get away. Meanwhile Obama has to defend stupid sh*t like was he born in this country or not being liked by some cause he is black or be attacked by the GOP cause he was able to make change to a failing health care system that Reagan, George H, nor George W could do. Why don’t you look up how many times the House took up a vote to try and repeal the affordable care act since you like to quote numbers and then come back and tell me who has a ego problem.

          • Zorro

            You do realize Bush took way more vacations than Obama right? Look it up Kim.

          • flibityjibits

            GROAN!

        • mike hunt

          yawn at your bs response……

          • Aaron Washington

            Be original Mike Hunt….Oh wait your are probably just like your fellow GOPers you don’t know how to be original.

      • Gregg Brennan

        Because Obama’s getting ready to declare martial law and force you into a Muslim/FEMA re-education camp where you’ll be stripped of your guns and forced into a gay marriage. I know you follow the “news” on Breitbart, Faux News, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc., so why are you asking WHY?

        • Scott Emrich

          You’re an idiot Gregg, keep drinking the Kool-Aid fool. Nothing bad could possibly come from this Administration, right? Just climb back in your hole and come out in time to cast your pathetic vote for Billary!

          • Gregg Brennan

            LOL. Typical right-winger. You can’t come up with a cogent counter point so you resort to personal attacks. Wake up and smell the sarcasm and understand that Obama is not declaring martial law, he’s not taking over the country and declaring himself dictator, he’s not coming to take your guns that you’re hoarding, and you’ve spent the last 7 years being scared over nothing.

    • Posty_McPostsalot

      THIS IS WHAT IM SAYING ALL OF A SUDDEN THE TROOPS ARE THE ENEMY BECAUSE THERE EXERCISING SMH

  • Mr. T

    Okay so lets take the guns from the military? Just plain dumb.. get over it! Perfect practice makes perfect.. Lets send troops to real situations with out the training = dead troops enlist or shut the hell up.

    • Tom Jones

      Mr T. STFU assclown! Many of us have done our time, and others are currently doing our time serving in militias across this country! You should learn to speak when you understand the material on which you wish to converse!

    • my1goof@yahoo.com

      Have you ever served in the military or deployed to current combat AOs? We have sufficient training facilities on bases that have properly made us ready to make hajies dead and us come back alive so I already see the ignorance in your statement. Also, in theater there are no American style cities to operate in and we usually train in the enviroment we are about to operate in so think about that for a moment.

      • mike hunt

        Exactly…………………………………..

      • Zorro

        Have you served in the National Guard? You realize they don’t have much in terms of training facilities. You can tell from the picture that some of these units are national guard because of the paint scheme on the vehicles. Otherwise they’d all be desert tan.

      • Ricky Florida

        Not all army training is combat.

  • Larry Marshall

    THIS IS JADE HELM……THEY ARE COMING FOR ALL GUNS WATCH

    • SidSeven

      Frightened much? Did you have monsters under the bed when you were a kid, apparently 3 years ago?

    • NoneyBizNess

      Stop listening to the voices in your head… they lie!

  • Tom Jones

    Notice how the military rep did not say it had no connection to Jade Hem, but a local civilian rep said so. This provides plausible deniability to the military! Think people. Think!
    Wonder why so much effort is in Fla?

  • Kris Clere

    There are some real ignorant comments on here. Please educate yourselves before blindly following what media reports say and shock news jocks. I’m at an “AT” right now and there are easily 600 people here. If you research on the internet you can find out exactly how many people make up said units in structure. You can also see that exercises like these take place all the time. I grew up in Ocala and still live there, and I’ve been in the National Guard for 14 years now. Point blank, Ocala isn’t cool enough on the military’s radar to have conspiracy theory like training events going on. For real.

    • john1967

      You are an idiot. Drove by there today, they are most certainly in Ocala. I also called CTAE, and they are most certainly in Ocala conducting training. Don’t be such a tool, because clearly the media is correct and you know shit. Not to mention the photo is from inside the parking lot of the school. If you “lived” here you would know that.

      • Kris Clere

        Really, read what I typed, in order. It states, “Point blank, Ocala isn’t cool enough on the military’s radar to have conspiracy theory like training events going on.” Emphasis on ‘conspiracy theory like’. I didnt say they weren’t training, just that it wasn’t ridiculous Jade Helm conspiracy stuff like a few commenters incited. I know what the picture shows and I know where it is at. Throw around words like tool and idiot all you want, but please take a second to thoroughly read someone’s comment before jumping to conclusions.

        • mike hunt

          The fact that they are “training” in our towns and federalizing our police and giving them military equipment should be a cause for concern to everyone.

          • missy

            im with ya there…very concerning

        • Jo Momma

          It was probably your lack of a dash between “conspiracy theory” and “like” that caused the confusion. (i.e. conspiracy theory-like training). Because grammar.

          • Kris Clere

            It’s probably more that someone just wanted to call me an idiot and a tool. That’s fine. I serve so that people can express their freedom of speech. I did miss the hyphen though, thanks.

      • my1goof@yahoo.com

        Are they national guard or federal troops?

      • Roxanne Farber Nelson

        You need to brush up on reading skills. He never said they was not here and he stated that he lives in ocala. And your posting he is an idiot really

    • mike hunt

      The term “Conspiracy Theory” equates to “hiding truth”. Stop buying the mainstream agenda. Our military is out right training for some very evil things to come. Not a theory it’s a fact. It’s apathy and ignorance that got this nation where it is. Remember that, for judgement is coming.

      • Brandon Fulton

        You are a dimwitted soul. Join the military before you talk anymore nonsense.

        • Thomas in Jacksonville

          I am retired military and I no longer trust the leadership. It is not the troops, they are fine, but the Generals and the White House I no longer trust.

          • Gregg Brennan

            Gee, let me guess when the mistrust started. I’m sure you trusted them just fine when Bush and Cheney were sending kids into Iraq to be senselessly slaughtered for no reason. Once the black guy got into the White House, that trust evaporated pretty quickly huh?

          • mike hunt

            Bush is a larger war criminal. Guess that makes me a racist huh?

          • Roxanne Farber Nelson

            Wow always has to be one that pulls that fuckin card.

          • Gregg Brennan

            Truth hurts doesn’t it?

          • SidSeven

            How about when Reagan got 243 Marines blown up in Lebanon for no particular reason, & then jetted off to Cali for a fund-raiser the very next day…

          • Scott Emrich

            Sid, I was there and can tell you that you have no idea what your talking about! How can you blame anybody for the senseless act of driving a truck bomb through the gates and into the barracks? I pulled body parts out that are more American than you so just SHUT THE FUCK UP until you learn the facts! You probably walk on the flag too right? Worthless POS!!!

          • Gregg Brennan

            Well you Reich-wingers have no problem constantly blaming Obama and Clinton about BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI!!!!!

          • Kenyan Mocker

            Why don’t you explain that why from the start the left has shouted there is nothing to find, but things keep being found.

            It truly shows you an idiot to defend an obvious lie.

            You don’t need to respond, since we know it will be either a lie or some childish rant.

          • Gregg Brennan

            “things keep being found.” What exactly has been found? You Reich-wingers have conducted EIGHT (8) separate investigations into BENGHAZI!!!! and have come up with nothing. Get your head out of your ass, watch something other than Faux News and get a life dummy.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            I am so excited that you openly reveal that you keep yourself stupid.
            Go to Judicial Watch and read all about the facts of their findings from FOIA requests and court ordered releases. Seems Sid Blumenthal just squealed like the little piggy he is when faced with criminal charges from Congress.

            Carry on Gregg …….. please respond so everyone can further see your ignorance.

          • Gregg Brennan

            LMAO. Judicial Watch? Really? That’s your “source”. Christ, I’d have given you more credence if you’d cited to Breitbart.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            Well if you can prove Judicial Watch is a joke that would be great. Seems the Govt and the court system recognizes them.

            It was good to see you responded to my demand you show how ignorant you are.
            Carry on. Show us more.

          • SidSeven

            Um, no. You missed my point entirely.
            No one I knew was as busted up about it than ME, at the time.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            Well we all know, thanks to Obama, who got 93% of the black vote and has constantly lied since his first day in office that based on statistics you can’t trust blacks. Remember, statistics nor the thinking from their results can be racist.
            For one to imply that simply shows they are either ignorant, or themselves racist.

            So post some racist comment to prove me right.

        • mike hunt

          And you’re an ill informed lemming, what’s your point? My family served, but we’re not too blind to see the truth.

    • Walter Redbird

      In Western NC mountains, same thing. They practice counter insurgency. Helps keep them alive over there.

    • SidSeven

      Check out “The Common Sense Show” for a good laugh.
      The fact is, there are a lot of functionally insane people out there.

  • Andy J Ogden

    Keep in mind……this training is good, but if there is a Chemical, biological, radiological attack on U.S. soil, why didn’t the DHS, FBI, prevent it? Isn’t that their job? Is that why we pay taxes? Any attack on this country can be contributed to our Disgraceful president BARRACK OBAMA!

    • Aaron Washington

      Andy J Ogden I wonder if you felt the same way about President Bush on 9/11. I have yet to hear of any terrorist event that the current President allowed to happen to this country. Its always Obamas fault. Please have a seat sir.

      • Gregg Brennan

        I’m sure Andy places the blame for 9/11 on Clinton.

        • mike hunt

          Bush’s…………..

      • Yellowxj

        Boston Marathon Bombings, Ft.Hood Attack, Oklahoma beheading.

    • SidSeven

      Why didn’t the Bush Administration prevent 9/11?
      You are some kind of idiot.

    • Stacey Victoria

      Any attack on this country can be contributed to the many people out there that want to hurt you and me. The fact is agencies can try to prevent attacks all day long, but they can’t And won’tbe able to catch everything. We hope for the best and prpare for the worst as the saying gies. They only call up these soldiers on these missions when there is an attack/natural disaster or event that overloads local response agencies who aren’t equiped to handle large scale events or catastrophe in the CBRN world. There job is also very difficult being stuck in the equipment they use for extended periods of time and heat.

  • mike hunt

    I wanted to add I am not “ok” with our troops in Iraq either. Or any other nation. All they are doing is protecting the global elites special interests. Ask yourself. What did anyone in these nation do to you?

  • Andy J Ogden

    …has the local law enforcement been called in advance? Will all actors involved be accounted for and returned to their homes? Will their be a verification that these drills will return this community to original to better condition when concluded? I respect our military and know they will follow the commands they are given, but I do not trust the orders that shall be given to them.

  • Robert Schabowski

    You people are ridiculous. They stated they’re doing training for disaster recovery and that’s why they are there. You complain when they need to do training but when the real thing happens and no one is trained to do what needs to be done, you’ll cry for help. Make up your fucking mind. If they are on the school grounds with guns so what? School is out, no one is at the location but them, and they are using it. They aren’t just going to shoot up the school and do a hostile take over.

    Either let them use it to do what needs to be done or we might as well just get rid of them over all. Then again, you’d cry for them when a hurricane comes and you need to be rescued. Get the hell out of here you ignoramuses.

    • Raven Man

      You need to stop drinking the cool aid of the government,

    • FlCracker2

      Just depends on what they are trying to “recover.”

    • Aaron Washington

      I agree with you Robert! Some people have way to much time on there hands.

    • John J Rambo

      It’s not hard for the military to brainwash and reprogram the soldiers to follow every order given, whether it’s a lawful OR unlawful order. Soldiers these days are being trained to follow orders blindly with no thought to the repercussions that those orders may entail in the long term

      • Yellowxj

        Proof?

  • EdmundBurke

    Whether this is Jade Helm related or not, extreme concern and awareness is a good thing. The more the government knows they are being watched and they aren’t trusted, the better.

    Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

    • SidSeven

      PFFFFT! Paranoid much?

      • missy

        I bet you believe building 7 in ny came down because of those office fires dont you?

        • SidSeven

          Oh please. Every single paranoid conspiracy ‘theory’ about 9/11 has been debunked. It is obvious to anyone why #7 collapsed. Keep in mind when they built it, they ‘threw it into the sky’ & it was the fasted 47 floor office building erection in the US at the time, something like 9 months to build it. A key support column failed, plain & simple. Engineers from all over the world were keen to study what happened there, so they could build better & stronger buildings.

      • freebird

        troll much?

      • Kenyan Mocker

        Why should you care if people are paranoid?
        Thinking people react to threats and for anyone to say this Administration hasn’t threatened is simply ludicrous.

        • SidSeven

          Paranoids BREED Paranoia, jerk.

          • Kenyan Mocker

            Did you think that up all by yourself?
            If you did you’d better get help since it shows your naiveté is running amok.

          • SidSeven

            Paranoids are rightwingers, because they cannot possibly be wrong, because their knee-jerk reactionary feelings cannot be wrong, therefor we call them right-wingers.

  • People of Ocala, call your Mayor and Superintedant of schools and ask them why your school which are designed for children are now being used as a place to forward deploy and quarter troops. They have hundreds of military bases to train on and blow up, but they are going to places like Flint, MI and shooting a perfectly good school full of 50cal holes. Your places designed for education of children paid for by your local property taxes should not be used as places of forward deployment and quartering of troops. Call your Mayor and ask who is paying whom to do this to you!

  • thepostemail

    Was the community notified in advance?

  • Yellowxj

    Its funny that the conspiracy theorists think American troops would turn on their own people. Where do you think these troops come from? The military is made up of our cousins, nephews, neighbors, etc. Not some different ethnic or religious fundamentalist group from a distant region.
    I wouldn’t mind seeing links explaining and educating people about the potential or real violations some of you are arguing about.

  • rokpaperskizzors

    The military said there is nothing to fear. Just wondering if when it’s “go time” if the military is going to tell us “Yes! Yes you have something to fear!”?

    • Stacey Victoria

      For the kind of situations these units are training for….. You will know it’s go time and you will have something to fear bc those are the Times when they will be called and it will be after the fact bc these units are in response to events that overload local agencies. Those agencies aren’t prepared to handle events that will need to involve such a big team of multiple organizations civilian and military. These units train to be apart of the incident command system working together with the civilian side of the house. The training they get are like many local agencies get, example firefighters. When were called up, I am positive you will know it because you will probably be needing a mass casualty decon so that you may live. And it will be provided by soldiers in really crappy unbereable suits who are suffering in those suits so they can decontaminate you of the chemical or nerve gas, etc that you are probably covered in. So in summary, these soldiers are there to fight for you or to recover YOU from a cbrn hazardous environment

      • rokpaperskizzors

        Hmm. Plausible. You assume a helluva lot though. Most of my ponderances are just intellectual hyperbole. I’m gtg for my bug out. R u?

  • Vickie Heindel

    “Operation guardian”??….OPERATION GUARDIAN was a series of nuclear tests conducted by the United States in 1980 -1981 at the Nevada Test Site.
    So what are they really doing here? Why are they using that peticular name? We as citizens of Ocala deserve definite and truthful answers.

  • RHCracker

    They don’t have a lot of room there to be having that many vehicles involved in training on site

  • Jim Skamarakas

    When did the local taxpayers who pay for the construction and operation of this school get a vote, and approve of these uses?

    If there is no concern, why would the notice go out as the trucks role in, instead of during an election?

    What would it take to put a referendum on the next ballot to prohibit this type of use in the future?

    • SidSeven

      Why? It’s ALL tax dollars anyway.

  • Larry Donaldson

    My God!What has happened to America? This is most definitely a country of sheep! I did not believe that statement when I first read it because I am from the Appalachian mountain region of PA and felt Americans would always back the US military whether here or abroad. Civilians used to let us train on their properties near FT. Benning, GA and FT. Bragg, NC Prior to WW 2 the military conducted small and large maneuvers in the deep south. A few years back the 82nd Airborne and the 10th SF group conducted training right here. The area covered Clarion, Northern Jefferson, Northern Clearfield, Elk, Forest, and Potter county. There is no US government land around here to train these troops. The civilians barely knew it was going on and there were a ton of blank rounds and artillery simulators fired not to mention the blowing up of a couple of old bridges that weren’t being used. Those civilians curious enough to investigate were asked to please stay away so as not to distract the training exercises and for safety reasons. Civilians were “employed” as spies and underground safe havens. The people loved it! They became part of this country’s defense training. But now, OMG! The US military is invading Texas, South Carolina, and God knows where else. Instead of worrying about absolutely nothing civilians should form a bond with the military and try to remember, and I know this is very hard to do for some, that they are Americans also.

    • SidSeven

      Too bad there are so many paranoids around these days…& the scary thing is, they are CONVINCED that the Gubmint gonna come take away THEIR gunz!

  • Dougleass

    They are preparing for Martial Law against us.

    • ruby

      O M G you need to get a life besides the one you obviously are creating for yourself

      • Dougleass

        what do you know about my life queef….perhaps you outta shut the pie hole before letting the crap run out/

        • Dougleass

          She’s a troll, just checked her/him out.

          • SidSeven

            Actually beats being a psycho gun fanatic with shit for brains, & enough paranoia to fill a mental ward.

        • ruby

          easy to know as i said obvious now even more so

    • SidSeven

      Um, no, actually they aren’t.

  • John J Rambo

    “Once the black guy got into the white house that trust evaporated, pretty quickly huh” now that seems to hint at racist beliefs by someone else. Now I have said it on facebook and I’ll say it here, the racism and Bigotry has got to fucking end, it’s tearing our country apart. And yes the Military does train for the environment they are going to operate in. The Military has to be intimately familiar with the environmentterrain they are going to be occupying for a long period of time, granted when we went to Iraq the 1st time we were not totally familiar with the environment we were operating in but we gained familiarity with it and were more than prepared when Iraqi freedom began. So don’t tell me the citizens of the United States should not be worried, yes I don’t trust Obama and that’s not because of his race or anything, it’s because he is a flat out liar

    • SidSeven

      Oh? You mean about ‘keeping your doctor’? You are an idiot, which is obvious from your handle.

  • Brian Dumal

    You people kill me…they are the National Guard!!! They protect the homeland!!! The media says “occupy” as if they took over. The article itself says they have had this planned for 4 years and I’m sure if you look back through articles, you would have found something on it. These guys are Florida residents with nomal jobs outside of their 2 weeks of training in the summer. They work and live around you for Pete sakes. If they have weapons, they aren’t loaded. The army also has dummy weapons called rubber ducks…they are literally rubber weapons with no functionality. The journalist who wrote this article should not have been paid because they, themself, are an idiot, just like the propaganda train of all you idiots who have no knowledge of the military. By the way, I am an Iraq war veteran who served 10 years on active duty status with the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst…

  • Posty_McPostsalot

    I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS I THINK ANYONE WHO IS SAYING THIS IS BAD IS A TRAITOR IF YOU DONT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS THEN MOVE TO CUBA OR RUSSIA

    • freebird

      this is NOT about the troops this is about a foreign corporation known as the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA registered in Puerto Rico pretending to be a government. look it up! this is NOT what it appears to be…wake up.

  • John J Rambo

    Jade Helm 15 is proof enough. Jade helm is not just a training exercise. The operational theatre is to big for it to be an exercise. Its a direct violation Of posse comitatus and a direct threat to the Constitution of the United States that we swore an oath to protect

    • SidSeven

      Um, no it isn’t.

  • SidSeven

    According to that lunatic/Grifter Dave Hodges it is apparently the beginning of the END!

  • Lara

    Every one is entitled to their opinions but Christ can our troops please anyone these days?!? Instead of complaining, why not bite your tongue and show some respect? Have you thought for a second 600+ soldiers are away from THEIR families right now training for something that could potentially save YOUR rear some day?!? Our soldiers go through so much that you will more than likely never have to be witness to, show some damn respect! This army wife would much rather have her husband home than deal with ungrateful citizens like yourself! Thank you to our soldiers who go through hell and back!

    ~Lara

  • Bev

    People! Really? There is nothing secret or subversive about the National Guard training in different areas all over the country and no one else is freaking out about it. This is SOP for the guard during their two week annual training exercises. As for the moron who wrote the newspaper article, he needs to be charged with inciting panic. And the rest of you need to take a chill ppill and be happpy we have the best trained military in the world with your neighbors serving in the Guard to protect our home land. Give this nonsense a rest.

  • Mark Gordon

    Tsunami training for when Planet X arrives

  • freebird

    This is not about not supporting the troops…they are following orders and only know what they’re told depending on their level of clearance. As for conspiracy theories for the most part they are all coming true. People who belittle or attack your person when commenting are ignorant insecure and deeply programmed. This is happening all over our country. There purpose is to bring in martial law. The fema camps are not conspiracy they are readily accessible thru Google earth. Currently there are over 600 fully manned prisons now ready for their agenda. They are planning an EMP attack to bring the grid down this fall and the inside scoop is they will arrest those who oppose or have been speaking against the government on social media. The water electricity and communications will cease. Please people wake up and prepare…there is nothing good about this. Do not allow yourselves to be swayed by those who want to make it seem like you’re crazy for something your gut is telling you is true.

  • JustBeingMe

    I have a son participating in Operation Guardian. This training session is an annual training session for Army Reserves. His unit is with Chemical Ops and this helps get units together from around the country to coordinate working together in a ‘real’ environment. The high school parking lot is just that. No guns involved; only a lot of hot and heavy HazMat gear, water hoses, and medical training to help anyone who would suffer injury or contaimination from a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The County Adult Education Center is providing classrooms. That’s all. So, Ocala, smile when you see them because they’re working hard for YOU. And thank you for allowing them in your city!!! 🙂

  • Mazza

    Reading what you all believe is very saddening you dont understand therefor you fear. I know exactly what they are doing there and it actually is exactly what they are admitting to… lol

  • LibertarianUSA42

    The FEDS are coming! The FEDS are coming!

  • Harold Saive

    This comment section on the OCALA POST is one of the best the country. Congratulations on a fine publication.

  • Eve Lazarowicz-Ghigliotti

    Hmm did I miss this news story on the local news? Does anyone know if it was aired re: the 600-700 military troops here? Personally I would like to know more & at the same time think it’s great they are here! Makes me feel safer knowing of anything goes down the military is close by.. With that being said let’s pray nothin does & that we all stay safe! I hope the military visitors spend their $$ eating out at the local restaurants & maybe do some shopping I’m sure Ocala could use a boost in this economy!

  • citruscnb

    Well I for one am keeping an open mind on this, but I still have some uncomfortable feelings as to whether they are there for the reasons they say. I know they have training exercises outside of military installations;;;;;my husband was in the National guard , but it’s just that to me this whole Jade Helm thing has me a bit leery. Will try and keep objective on this one.

  • Stacey Victoria

    If you read the post, it says search and rescue offerations, and chemical biological radiological nuclear and explosives. For those of you who don’t understand what that entails … It means if there is a chemical attack etc or even a disasterous event like weather or a plant accident; chemical soldiers respond to, one, perform mass casualty decontamination, hazmat operations, and search and rescue. One reason they may do it in a school parking lot or other civilian location is because these places are likely a place we would have to respond to bc terrorists want places with large crowds etc. Another reason being natural events occur all the time, look at Katrina, hurricane sandy, these places and others make good staging sites and provide resources and facilities neccessary. A school could provide a lot of staging areas and facilities. So before you all jump to conclusions or conspiracy theories, these people are trying to train so in case called up for a homeland attack or event, they can save YOUR life. I don’t even know what idiot brought jade Holm crap into this. But believe me.. if you dont want my help or me to be trained.. don’t worry, I won’t waste my time on the civilians who don’t want our help in the event of an attack/accident/disaster. The trend i have seen lately is everyone getting up set at militarization, but when some happens (which is what they are training for) you want help and then criticize when we aren’t efficient enough for you, even though you don’t know what our job is, how to do it, and complain when we train. Who said they have weapons, you wouldn’t know one way or the other, so stop speculating.

  • wsthomas

    Our military is training with local police forces like LA, etc. It is crowd control. What happens if welfare recipients can’t swipe their cards anymore. They are 50% or so of the population. I saw first hand what happened when the computer site was down for 2 hours. It ain’t pretty. On a large scale, it will get plain ugly and violent.

  • wsthomas

    About 7 years ago in Jacksonville I saw some interesting exercises. I work along the St. Johns river and was at the time working night shift.I saw 4 helicopters flying up the river and they had their lights out. Being ex military it piqued my curiosity. I scoured the the local newspaper and found a small blurb about the exercise. The exercise was training to drop off a squadron of elite to cut the power grid to the city and turn out the lights. The reason stated by the exercise commander; “in case of rioting” associated with an attack or a disaster of sorts. Crowd control! Turn the lights out so the chickens will go to roost and be sedate. All the military exercises are for crowd control … period. These exercises are not designed for anything else. There were six other cities going through the same exercise at the same time. Since 9-11 these exercises have been happening. The scenarios of the exercise are for familiarity of the target. They are there to practice occupation of a familiar target. It is not an exercise to protect. Don’t be fooled!