Pinon Canyon expansion calls for live fire training |

Pinon Canyon expansion calls for live fire training

LA JUNTA – More than two decades after assuring residents and elected officials that live fire training would not take place at the Pinon Canyon Manuevering Site, the Army now concedes that such training is part of proposal to quadruple the roughly 250,000-acre site.”You are right we told you that we weren’t going to do this, but I am also telling you the situation has changed,” Fort Carson’s Tom Warren told residents at public meeting Wednesday.”In 1982 during the first land acquisition for the site, Army officials told the public that there would never be live fire conducted at the site, but the world has changed and the mission of the Army has changed dramatically,” Warren said. “Now we have to have live fire at the site.”Army officials are preparing an environmental impact statement as they study the possibility of expanding the area in southeastern Colorado to as much as 1 million acres. The move would provide space to train soldiers from Fort Carson, which is expected to grow by 10,000 soldiers, and other units that include Colorado National Guard members.

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