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 - U.S. rapid deployment force test is planned...
U.S. rapid deployment force test is planned TWENTYN1NE PALMSi Calif. (AP) — A "violent and very rapid" assault with live ammunition was the scenario today as the test of Rapid Deployment Force focused on the 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade in the Mojave Desert. The live fire and maneuvering that will continue through Tuesday are part of Gallant Eagle 82, a mammoth military exercise involving all four services, 40,000 personnel and tons of equipment. "I hope it will be very violent and very rapid," said Brig. Gen. Joseph B. Knotts, commander of the 7th MAB. He said the first day's assault includes 53 tanks, 75-85 amphibious assault vehicles, 26 jet planes and 18 armed helicopters of two types. Jets screaming low over the enemy positions with napalm and high explosive were called upon to open the assault. "The idea is to continue to refine the coordination among the various fire elements — tanks, planes, artillery, infantry," said 1st Lt. Terri Capatosto, a 7th MAB spokeswoman. "It's a complete ground-air team." Questions on safety have been asked often since the jump of 2,300 82nd Airborne Division paratroppers at Fort Irwin, 100 hundred miles to the north, at dawn Tuesday. Four paratroopers died on the drop zone and a fifth died of injuries later. Another 151 were injured Sixty-four remained hospitalized at Fort Irwin and at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the 82nd. The 7th MAB fought the 5th MAB Thursday and Friday in manuevers similar to those held by the 82nd and the California Army National Guard's 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Irwin The Marines ended their force-on-force manuevers Friday afternoon so the 7th could reposition for today's assault against simulated enemy positions, Knotts said. "Enemy" emplacements and piles of tires Svere arranged to provide targets.' "This is what Twentynine Palms is all about." Ms. Capatosto said. get

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 04 Apr 1982, Sun,
  3. Page 13

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