Greg Abbott Says He's Working to Calm Some Texans Upset Over Jade Helm 15 Exercise

- AUSTIN -- Governor Greg Abbott, R-TX, says he's trying to bring calm to some Texans about a military exercise that will take place in Texas and six other states.

The eight-week exercise, known as Jade Helm 15, will begin July 15 and involves U.S. Specials Operations Forces such as Navy Seals and Green Berets. They will use public and private lands to train for overseas missions.

The prospect of armed federal troops in Texas has ignited a host of concerns and speculation about the military's motives -- ranging from the military's intention to impose martial law to a government conspiracy to launch a hostile takeover of Texas to taking away people's gun rights.

Abbott said he wants Texans to understand the military is there to protect and that the training exercises are ways that will help get them better prepared.

He said he's been in contact with the military and feels assured the exercise will be a normal military operation.

"It's so important to understand that there probably is no state in America that is more deeply connected to the military or honors the military more. And my office has been in communication with military at multiple levels, and we have the greatest assurances that these are normal military operations and they're going to work out just fine," Abbott said.

The Jade Helm 15 exercise will also take place in Arizona, New Mexico, California, and other southwestern states.


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