As many of you might have heard, there will be a military exercise involving about 1,200 service-members occurring from July to September. Known as “Jade Helm 15,” this military training operation is being planned and executed by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and will take place in seven western states, including Texas.
The U.S. military routinely conducts training exercises in the U.S. and around the world with our allies overseas. With the nature of warfare constantly changing, it is important to make sure that our elite warriors are trained, equipped and organized to successfully conduct worldwide operations in support of America’s security interests.
I know there has been some concern expressed by Texans because the upcoming training missions cite several states, including Texas, as “hostile” territory for the purpose of these training exercises. This is not an official designation and is solely for the purpose of the training exercise. The designation has led some to believe the incursion of martial law will be enforced on the citizens of Texas. I want you to know that these rumors are entirely false.
However, it is critically important that the military works with local officials to ensure the training missions are operated in a safe manner and the rights of Texans are not infringed upon during this period of time. These sort of military exercises have been conducted safely in the past and I am confident that will continue to be the case here, but it is important there is an open line of communication so that everyone is aware of what is going to be taking place inside our state.
As I learn more details about the training exercises and the impact it will have on Texas, I will be sure to pass information along to you.
Member of Congress