BASTROP, TX—The controversial military training program known as “Operation Jade Helm 15” launched in more than a dozen Texas towns Wednesday morning. However, instead of the much anticipated theatrical launch that most people had in mind, it turned out to be the exact opposite.
“I think the people were maybe expecting that the first day the tanks were going to be rolling down the streets or something like that but I think it is going to be quiet,” Derrick Broze with the Conscious Resistance said.
Broze traveled to Bastrop Wednesday morning to document the training for several online groups. However, once he arrived he said there was very little to report.
“The operation was supposed to be stealth,” Broze said. “It is supposed to be stealth, so we might not even notice it.”
Operation Jade Helm is an 8-week training program, according to the U.S. Army Special Operation Command, that will focus on “unconventional warfare”.
“A small town is one of the best places for people to go, ‘Hey that doesn’t fit in’ or ‘that’s not right’,” Dave Lewis, Strategic Studies Director at Texas Tech University said. “And some of the conspiracies that people are throwing around out there actually make this training even better. We want to train our folks to the very best scenarios we can.”
Lewis said despite popular belief, military exercises like this are very common on a smaller scale.
“There will be no doubt that people by the end of this will realize this was just a training activity,” Lewis said. “We’re providing good training.”