The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted training exercises on military installations in Virginia and North Carolina over the past few days as part of regularly scheduled training in preparation for an overseas deployment.

Training exercises were held at South Boston and Chase City, as well as at sites in North Carolina.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted an air assault using members of its Maritime Raid Force in a mock raid at the Halifax County Fairgrounds Thursday night.

The mock raid was conducted against role players disguised as soldiers from a fictitious opposing country.

Marines imbedded at South Boston Speedway Monday through Thursday conducted reconnaissance and surveillance operations for the mock raid.

Chase City Municipal Airport served as the aviation delivered ground refueling site. William M. Tuck Airport in Halifax County was used as a laager site for military aircraft/personnel as they raided the fairgrounds.

Local citizens were asked to not approach any of the military personnel. Every effort has been made to isolate the Marines and Sailors from the general population so the training scenario can be executed without mishap or interference.

Unobtrusive daytime activities were scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the nighttime activities were set for 6 p.m. to midnight but were expected to be unobtrusive but consisted of helicopters flying over the area, Marines and Sailors on the ground at isolated areas, and blank gunfire.

This exercise has been coordinated over the past eight months with elected officials; law enforcement agencies; fire and Emergency Medical Services agencies; and private and corporate property owners and managers.