The U.S. Army Patriot Battalion invites the public to attend Community Day on Saturday, February 19

Patriot air defense missile systems. Courtesy/DOD/Tech. sergeant. Brian Kimball

County News:

The Los Alamos community is invited to a special Community Day to meet the US Army’s Patriot Battalion, take pictures of Patriot missile equipment, and watch missile reloading demonstrations.

No real weapons or ammunition will be on site.

Set from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 19, this free event will take place in the open space east of the North Mesa soccer fields. Bounded by San Ildefonso Road, North Mesa Road, the Stables, and North Mesa Park Road, the area is sometimes referred to as “FEMA-City”.

Signage will direct customers to designated parking within the area.

The Community Day event will be a short reprieve for the 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery which is scheduled to be in Los Alamos Feb. 17-24 to conduct a series of Patriot Air and Missile Defense System exercises.

The entourage of approximately 40 vehicles and 70 soldiers will set up camp at the Los Alamos airport and “FEMA-City” to specifically test the Patriot battery, including a radar set, an engagement control station, a power generation, a group of antenna masts and several launchers. stations.

As there will be no live ammunition, area noise will mainly come from generators.

During the operation, North Mesa Park Road in San Ildefonso to North Mesa Road will be closed, temporarily closing the Los Alamos dog park and tennis courts in that area.

The Kwage Mesa Trail can be accessed by using North Mesa Road through the stables area, then south through the Brewer Arena to join North Mesa Park Road.

First used in the 1980s, the US Patriot system has been consistently deployed to protect US forces and assets in nearly every major military action since. Although initially designed as an anti-aircraft system, newer Patriot variants are capable of engaging ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft. Additionally, more than 15 countries around the world operate Patriot.

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