Thousands of soldiers coming to Camp Roberts for big training event

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comJune 3, 2014 

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U.S. Army Rangers of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment fire a 120mm mortar during a tactical training exercise at Camp Roberts on Jan. 30.

PFC NATHANIEL NEWKIRK — U.S. Army

Several thousand soldiers will come to San Luis Obispo County this week for what state officials are calling the largest consolidated California Army National Guard training event in more than a decade.

The training will take place from Thursday to June 22 at the sprawling Camp Roberts, a National Guard training base originally built for World War II at the county's northern edge near San Miguel.

Few details have been released about the training, but it's said to involve ground exercises as well as helicopters and other aircraft.

Increased vehicle traffic and noise is expected in and around the base, according to a news release from the California National Guard.

Vehicles will enter Camp Roberts through a gate on San Marcos Road, a winding, two-lane road that hasn't been used for military traffic in recent years, officials said.

Homeowners and ranchers should be prepared for potential traffic delays.

The camp’s entrance off Highway 101 from exit 241 in San Miguel is also expected to be busier than normal.

Those with questions about traffic can contact Susanne Thomas, Camp Roberts public affairs officer, at 238-8308 or susanne.e.thomas.nfg@mail.mil.

A performing group with the United Service Organizations is also scheduled to make a stop at the base on June 18 and 19 as part of the nonprofit organization's two-month tour to five military events nationwide to provide food, entertainment and wellness to troops, according to a USO press release.

The entertainment will feature “USO/Pro vs. GI Joes,” a program that pairs troops with professional athletes and celebrities, the statement said.

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