SAN ANGELO, TX -- Some Tom Green County residents back in 2015 worried about Operation Jade Helm, a military training operation that would for the first time bring active duty special operations forces in the U.S. Military to Tom Green County.
In 2015, President Barrack Obama's administration endeared so many conservative Texans to him, that rumors circulated about a secret U.S. Military plot, code named "Jade Helm," to disarm and round up citizens into FEMA camps made out of existing Walmart locations. Their concerns about martial law turned out to be unfounded and the military training operations have now become an occasional routine part of life in the county. Except, since 2015, we have a new president and commander and chief, and in San Angelo, we have four additional Walmart locations.
On Tuesday Tom Green County Commissioners will consider supporting, “the United States Special Operations Forces Exercises (in Tom Green County) from June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021.”
As we reported in 2015, “The training will take place in between Tom Green and Schleicher Counties from July 15 to Sept. 15. The training is to include special operations forces from different branches of the Department of Defense. The San Angelo Police Department will also be invited to participate in the training.”
“We feel Texans are supportive of the military, and understand that your state provides the variety of terrain needed for this type of training,” said Tom Mead, US Army Special Operations Command. “During the training period citizens may notice nighttime air traffic, and increased military presence in mixed uniforms.”
“Military has become part of our DNA here in San Angelo, it is not out of the ordinary to see men and women in uniform throughout the community,” said Judge Steve Floyd in 2015. “We are glad to provide the US Army a place to provide important, special training.”
Also on Tuesday, commissioners will consider formally changing the contract with White Construction Company increasing the price and extending the construction time for the newly funded expansion of the new jail.
Tom Green County Commissioners meet at 8:30 am. Tuesday in the Commissioner’s Court room on the second floor of the Keyes Building at 113 W. Beauregard St. The meeting is open to the public.