Army to Port Angeles: Sorry for scaring the pants off you folks

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — The Army apologized Monday to the mayor of Port Angeles for its unannounced, low-flying helicopter exercise last Thursday night that scared many Port Angeles residents, prompting many to call 911, it was reported.

Army Col. Charles Hodges Jr., commander at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, also plans to offer a public apology Tuesday night to the Port Angeles City Council, the Peninsula Daily News said.

Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd and the city’s public works director, Glenn Cutler, met in Hodges’ office at JBLM Monday.

“They repeatedly apologized, and I thanked them for their apology,” Kidd told the newspaper.  “I asked for assurances that in the future, if there are any military exercises, how will we be notified? They said they will notify use well in advance; our police and sheriff.”

According to the PDN, Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters were reported flying over Port Angeles between about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and night at an altitude as low as 750 feet.

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  • Joe

    Turning the army weapons inwardly from the surrounding borders only works when democrats are in power since they're on the moral high ground with the left wing media, their ends justifies the means. Don’t worry they’re probably just practicing on making sure people are using their property in a way that the EPA wants them too, so they will have fire power to make sure they abide.

  • what ever

    The united states should not practice their war games around our homes or in our city's , we are not your video game to played when ever you want , you should keep all military exercises on military bases , just yesterday in wenatchee we had 2 huge military Helli's flying lower than our mountains over the city and up the vally to cashmere and Leavenworth they flew almost at 500 feet above are area without warning, its a little weird to look out your window and see what looks like a military invasion , THE LEAST YOU COULD DO IS TELL PEOPLE THAT YOUR DOING THESE PRACTICE RUNS UNLESS YOU WANT US TO THINK YOUR PLANNING SOMETHING, Either way we the people practice too for invasions thats why the gun stores around here cant keep the guns on the shelf WE BOUGHT THEM ALL AND CONTINUE TOO with times like these who knows who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. You want the public to trust you then be more transparent NO ONE LIKES SECRETS

  • BILL K.

    Trust the us military it worked for a hundred million dead native americans didnt it ?
    Oh nope thats just the fairy tell sold in history books.