If you see a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter hovering over La Marque and Texas City today, not to worry: we’re not under attack.
It’s all part of a U.S. Army training exercise involving a small contingent of servicemen that should wrap up today, or Thursday at the latest, officials said.
“This is an Army exercise to test their equipment,” La Marque Police Chief Randall Aragon said. “The area resembles a theater of operation they might be using. We want the community to understand that if they see a helicopter flying over their rooftops in this area, to not be alarmed.”
Much of the training will take place around Industrial Boulevard in La Marque, Aragon said. The roughly 100-acre wooded area is owned by Dow Chemical.
Army spokesman Larry Jackson said the operation would not disrupt the day-to-day activities of residents.
“We pose no threat to the public,” Jackson said. “Let me be clear that this isn’t urban assault training. We are a small group of folks, doing some activities.”
Jackson declined to say what type of training would be involved in the operation.
The attack helicopter is not expected to land during the training exercise, he said.
The drills come on the heels of Special Forces training in Galveston, Houston and Texas City. A training exercise in late January at the Old County Jail at 715 19th St. was cancelled out of concerns that too many spectators would come out to watch the operation.