The Army has once again scared the hell out of some civilians with a military exercise — this time in Raleigh, North Carolina.
U.S.Army Special Operations Command led an exercise from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on March 28th at an abandoned hotel in Raleigh, but it ended up being "louder and more disruptive to the nearby neighborhoods than the city anticipated," City Manager Ruffin Hall told the Army Times.
A classic misunderstanding — especially when you consider the warning flyer that the Army Times says was circulated via social media and posted around neighborhoods, which said the exercise would involve local SWAT units, "loud noises, helicopter flyovers and simulated weapons fire."
Hall also told the Army Times that "the public is not generally or broadly notified prior to the event to avoid attracting large numbers of spectators."
Around the same time near the end of March, USASOC was executing military drills over the Dallas-Fort Worth area, confusing residents and prompting the Dallas Morning News to get some answers.
Cmdr. Pat Coffey from the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth said that the helicopters were addressing "a specific need, one that calls for a specialized operation," the Dallas Morning News reported. He did not specify what that need was.
USASOC spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer told Task & Purpose that in these exercises, safety is "paramount," and they are "always coordinated with the local elected officials, the law enforcement agencies and property owners."
"Different environments provide opportunities to experience new and different training experiences," Bymer said in a statement to Task & Purpose.
"These environments add realism and greater training value to the Soldiers participating in the exercise. Safety surveys and risk assessments are thoroughly prepared before and during military exercises and training activities."
President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Pratt Industries, Sunday, Sept 22, 2019, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
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"It's kind of like the equivalent of dropping a soda can into canyon and putting on a blindfold and going and finding it, because you can't just look down and see it," diver Jeff Goodreau said of finding the wreck.
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
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The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."