US Army training will continue in San Antonio through Friday


Expect to hear and see more of the same.

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A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over the Tower of the Americas to land in the blacked-out Alamodome parking lot as part of a training exercise conducted Monday by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

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San Antonio says it “successfully” hosted military training operations by the US Army Special Operations Command on Monday night August 8. post videos of low-flying helicopters on their east side homes, will continue until Friday, August 12, according to a press release.

The city’s press release says residents of central and downtown San Antonio can expect to hear more “helicopters, simulated gunfire and controlled explosions” from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. , the same things most people said they would hear on Monday. Despite the noises, San Antonio said it hadn’t had any 311 or 911 calls related to the training.

“Last night’s U.S. Army training event in the Alamodome provided excellent opportunities for air and ground mobility coordination, close combat training, and working in unfamiliar environments,” according to a statement from the U.S. Army Public Affairs Office.

San Antonio has hosted or supported military training events “several times over the years,” according to the press release. This time, despite military training planning going on for months, the city and some of its leaders were not informed until last Friday, August 5 and Sunday, August 7.

San Antonio officers went door-to-door in the immediate area to notify residents and businesses of the training that will continue throughout the week, according to the news release. Residents can also sign up for police text alerts by texting “SAPD” to 39987.

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