LOGAN — Campers and hunters may notice a large group of National Guard personnel in Logan Canyon this weekend. Soldiers from the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion are conducting training and operations near Temple Fork Canyon, Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Brent Baxter said his troops are setting up a command post, similar to what is used in combat or natural disasters.
“So what we are going to do as a battalion headquarters, and subordinate elements is to deploy out, learn how to set up a command post and subordinate units and how we would array forces, so that we could operate in an environment that we are not used to,” said Baxter.
Officers will then evaluate what troops did right and wrong, and correct any mistakes.
Lt. Col. Baxter said people in the canyon can expect to see military vehicles along US-89. Soldiers will also be camped out near the Mud Flats area.
“The way I’m looking at it, we have got over 20 vehicles that will be going up along with trailers. So some of those vehicles will be pulling trailers.
“We won’t be all consolidated right there at the Temple Fork area. Looking at the plans, we will be spread out up and down the road. It will be a pretty good sized element but we won’t all be consolidated in one area.”
The mountainous region of the Cache National Forest is similar to Afghanistan and provides a comparative environment with its terrain.
With school beginning next week and archery season starting, Lt. Col. Baxter said he knows there will be a lot of people in the mountains this weekend.
“We want to assure the people out there, our soldiers are mindful that we do have campers up there. I know the bow hunt is going on, they are mindful of that. So we don’t want to interfere with people’s activities this weekend but we do want to make them aware that we are in the area.”
The 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion has over 400 soldiers with units from Draper to Logan. Fifteen of their members have recently returned from deployment and another group will be leaving this year, supporting combat commanders around the world.
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