BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) – The West Texas town of Big Spring is among those that will see part of the Jade Helm 15 military exercise that has alarmed some Texans concerned about a federal takeover.READ MORE: Extreme Heat Doesn't Stop Panther Island Pavilion From Hosting First Outdoor Concert In Over A Year
Big Spring Mayor Larry McLellan told KWES-TV that military officials had contracted with some local ranchers, but no one was expected to have to leave their homes during the exercise this summer.
City officials say the exercise will help local businesses. McLellan said officials are hoping for an economic impact as great as $150,000.
Complaints about Jade Helm led Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month to order the Texas State Guard to monitor the exercise.READ MORE: Arrest Made After Man Found Dead In Dallas Construction Site, Police Say
More than 200 concerned citizens packed a meeting in rural Bastrop County and questioned a U.S. Army commander about whether the government was planning to confiscate guns or implement martial law. Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said “conspiracy theorists” and “fear mongers” had been in a frenzy.
The three-month training begins in July and will be spread among seven states.
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