Members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit began conducting training exercises this week in South Boston, as part of regularly scheduled training in preparation for an overseas deployment.
These exercises are expected to take place across Virginia and North Carolina until Oct. 15.
This training will most likely be unnoticed by the majority of the population, according to a press release from the United States Marine Corps.
The public can expect to possibly see or hear military aircraft overflying the area, a limited number of military vehicles in the area, and role players (Marines) in Middle Eastern attire at selected sites.
Unobtrusive daytime activities are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the nighttime activities set for 6 p.m. to midnight also are expected to be unobtrusive but may consist of helicopters flying over the area, Marines and Sailors on the ground at isolated areas, and blank gunfire.
During the training events, local law enforcement may cordon training areas for a limited period of time to ensure that military personnel, vehicles and aircraft do not interfere with civilian activities and vice-versa. Road closures will be kept to a minimum, with regards to location and duration.
Local citizens are 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.
In addition to South Boston, training events also are scheduled to take place in Chase City, Kenansville, Rose Hill and Elizabethtown, North Carolina.
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.
Training of this type has occurred on military installations since 1985.