BASTROP - The United States Army Special Operation Command is planning to train in counties and towns across the Western United States.
"Jade Helm" is a two-month long exercise with a combination of elite military forces designed offer realistic military training.
As Adam Racusin reports despite any fears of militarization officials feel there's no need to worry.
The small and picturesque streets of Bastrop Texas offer an inviting scene to locals and welcome getaway for people trying to escape big city life.
But in a few months there will be another group moving into the area; members of the United States Military.
"I don't think people here are intimidated by military operations in our community although it will raise some eyebrows" says Charlie Amos, a Bastrop resident.
Operation Jade Helm is expected to launch in at least 20 cities across seven states in the South Western US. With more than twelve hundred participants, in Texas alone, ranging from members of the Navy Seals to Army Special Forces, and Marine Special Operations.
"As long as people know what's going on they will be accepting of it" exclaims Joan Armstrong, a Bastrop resident.
"Part of me I get it but at the same time part of me with what goes on in the world today is just a little Leary" says Tracy Stamper.
County Officials report the military pitched them on the idea, with a presentation about what people can expect.
It says there will be an increased military presence, Personnel may be carrying weapons with blank ammo, and some individuals may conduct suspicious activities.
"I wrote them a letter and invited them to come," Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape believes there's nothing to the rumors of covert warfare and martial law coming to cities across the country.
Just a less conventional training exercise to help hone their skills.
"What I see here is an opportunity for a portion of our military to be better prepared and better trained to do work that has to be done to secure America’s interest around the world and here at home," says Bastrop Judge Paul Pape.
Some of the training could entail ground and air operations, and Special ops members learning to work within the community without being noticed.
While the idea might spark skepticism people we spoke with felt mostly at ease.
"Not knowing the purpose it wouldn't bother me if its specific training because they're here to protect us," I'm Adam Racusin reporting.
Source Fox 29