FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Military vehicles and equipment from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will be traveling on Kentucky and Indiana roadways from Oct. 30 – Nov. 6 as part of their division-wide training exercise Operation Lethal Eagle.
The majority of the traffic will be on I-24 (from Fort Campbell, Exit 86 to Exit 81), I-169, Western Kentucky Parkway, and I-69.
Convoys will depart Fort Campbell, Kentucky traveling to Greenville, Kentucky, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana between Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. Each convoy may contain 10 or more vehicles, with as many as 200 vehicles on the roadways each day.
The vehicles will be operated by military drivers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stationed at Fort Campbell. These movements will occur during daylight hours, however, there may be temporary disruptions to road traffic.
“We’re alerting the public to reduce inconvenience in travel time and to remind motorists use extra caution when driving near military vehicle convoys,” said Lt. Col. Kari McEwen, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs officer. “We encourage the public to plan accordingly and allow extra time in their travels, especially if those travels include traveling on I-24, I-169, Western Kentucky Parkway, and I-69 and through construction zones.”
The convoys are moving to training areas in Kentucky and Indiana as part of the division-wide exercise Operation Lethal Eagle taking place from Nov. 1-21.
Maj. Gen. JP McGee, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, said Operation Lethal Eagle is the first division-wide field training exercise the division has held in 20 years.
“Our mission now is to focus on the future fight, and be prepared for a fight against near peer threats – this is described as being ready for Large Scale Combat Operations. For these types of operations, we will operate for an extended period of time in the field, we will operate in a more centralized fashion, and we must be skilled in bringing all of our divisional assets into the fight,” said McGee.
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