Noise Levels To Increase On Saturday At Ft. Jackson

8:08 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
An M-109 artillery howitzer (L) and an ammunition carrier (R) from the US Army 1st Brigade, 9th Field Artillery, park near a small store, 10 July, 2003, as their patrol went though the town of Jumalah, near Fallujah, Iraq. Nightly attacks continue on US forces based in and around the Fallujah area. (Photo STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX)--Explosive noise on Ft. Jackson will increase on Saturday.

The South Carolina Army National Guard will be practicing with it's M-109, 155mm Howitzers at Camp McCrady.

Camp McCrady will host the 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery and the exercise will last all day Saturday and into the night. 

"The South Carolina National Guard makes every effort to minimize noise but there are times such as this when noise may seem louder than normal to the public and as the wind shifts direction or cloud cover reflects the sound back, " said Pat Jones, public information officer at Ft. Jackson.

The 155-mm M109 series, Self-propelled medium howitzers are highly mobile combat support weapons. The 155-mm Projectile weights 98 pounds.

The howitzer is a vehicle that provides armored combat support, is air transportable, internally loaded, and has excellent ground mobility.  It allows firing in a 360 degree circle.  The system is capable of both direct (line of sight) and indirect (out of the line of sight) firing.

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