Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories, facts, and speculation have dominated online headlines for weeks. The massive realistic military training to take place in seven states this summer has many preppers and Second Amendment extremely concerned. Operation Jade Helm rumors range from concerns about the abrupt Walmart store closings for the biggest plumbing problem in history to the surface-to-air missiles tests in Texas.
Operation Jade Helm involves 1,2000 special forces team members being dropped into seven southwestern states as a part of realistic military training exercises. The special operations military exercises has become highly controversial. The soldiers will be ordered to “operate undetected” among the civilian population in the western states. Jade Helm 15 is slated to begin in July and will last for eight weeks. For the purpose of training, residents in the entire states of Utah and Texas will be deemed “hostiles.”
Jade Helm will take place in both cities and small towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Some of the Army Special Forces teams will be dropped from airplanes while carrying traditional military weapons loaded with blanks. Jade Helm 15 has some concerned the drills are too realistic. Some Americans and Second Amendment activist groups have expressed concerns that the realistic military training exercises designed for Operation Jade Helm are merely thinly veiled drills to practice for future martial law orders.
The U.S. Military has reportedly been granted permission to engage in the Operation Jade Helm realistic military exercises by state and local officials in the seven southwestern states slated to be involved in the special forces exercises. Brazos County, Texas Sheriff’s Office representative Jim Stewart stated that such military training is nothing new. “Special ops for years have trained off-post for years, where they go out and have folks that are role players out on the economy,” Stewart, who is an Army intelligence veteran, said. “They’ll have a scenario they’ll be following and they’ll interact with these role players as if they’re in another country.”
According to a report in the Houston Chronicle Operation Jade Helm includes plans for the Army Special Forces teams to mingle with citizens unidentified as the residents are asked to report “suspicious activity.” The effectiveness of the special forces soldiers will reportedly be gauged by how masterfully they engage in such activity without attracting the attention of citizens.
A U.S. Army Special Operations Command does note that nature the training which will take place in seven southwestern states is vastly more significant that similar realistic military training exercises undertaken in the past.
“The size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart. To stay ahead of the environmental challenges faced overseas, Jade Helm will take place across seven states. The diverse terrain in these states replicates areas Special Operations Soldiers regularly find themselves operating in overseas. This exercise is routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.”
The special forces teams which will take part in Operation Jade Helm 15 include the Navy SEALS, Green Berets, Marine Special Operations Command, Marine Expeditionary Units, Air Force Special Operations Command, the 82nd Airborne Division, and “interagency partners.”
The abrupt Walmart store closings in Texas, California, Florida, and Oklahoma have sparked mounting concerns over Jade Helm 15. Five Walmart stores suddenly closed without warning and will remain shuttered for the next six months. Shocked Walmart workers who have found themselves suddenly out of a job were told that “plumbing problems” are the cause of the immediate closures. Employees impacted by the Walmart closures were given just a few hours notice closings. About 2,200 Walmart workers will now be without a paycheck during the extended plumbing repairs.
The store closures left not only employees confused but prompted some Americans to ponder the existence of Walmart underground tunnels as new Operation Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories surfaced on the internet. One of the widely circulating rumors associated with the Jade Helm Walmart story on the internet speculates that the military will use the underground tunnels to move undetected around certain states with the stores being used as either a communications hub or FEMA camps.
“In order to further protect the homeland and ensure the safety of it’s citizens in case of nuclear, biological, or chemical attack, a join venture of the NSA, DOD, MiB, DHS, CICs, DFCS, and BK has been created in order to create an expansive tunnel system throughout the south. These tunnels will also serve as conduits for national defense to rapidly move troops, supplies, and armor throughout the nation between strategic topographical locations. A map of the believed military and government installations affected and connected by this tunnel system,” – one Jade Helm Walmart rumor circulating online reveals.
City officials in towns affected by the Walmart closures reportedly stated that no building permits related to plumbing problems have been filed. “This is the first time we’re hearing of their sewer problems,” Pico Rivera, California, city repair manager Rene Bobadilla said.
- Risk Assessment, Medical, and Communications Plans
- MOU, MOA, and Licensing agreements (training areas, staging areas, role players)
- Legal Review
- ID of training, staging areas, role players, airfield, drop zones and landing zones surveys
- Letters of Invitations obtained from the local officials (Mayor, County Commission)
- Coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement
- Public Affairs Review
The Texas training center also reportedly uses “mock-up targets” complete with heat sources for aircrews to use to test “on-board sniper pod equipment.” Scattered throughout the Snyder Electronic Scoring Site are mock-up targets such as 2S6 M Self Propelled Air Defense Vehicles and SA-2 Surface-to-Air Missiles. The videos and photos of the Texas surface-to-air missiles were reportedly taken at the Snyder Electronic Scoring Site.
“We’re the bad guys on the ground. We send up signals that simulate tracking radar, antiaircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. It’s the aircrew’s job to avoid us, get in there and do their damage,” Snyder Electronic Scoring Site Manager William Clingenpeel said about activities conducted at the Texas facility.
The Texas site reportedly serves as a “training tool” for the 7th Bomb Wing, 12th Air Combat Command at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. The installation reportedly houses both the B-1 Bomber and the B-52 Stratofortress. The Abilene, Texas Snyder Electronic Scoring Site is located about seven miles north of the city of Fluvanna on Farm to Market Road 1269.
What do you think about Operation Jade Helm and all of the emerging Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories? If a military incident ever did occur in the United States, will you be able to feed and care for your family?