Defense Dept. Will Train Again at Closed Mental Health Center

The grounds of the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center will be the site for more Illinois-sponsored training exercises by the Department of Defense. Find out what tentative dates have been scheduled and when training 'quiet hours' will be.

The Defense Department runs training drills April 23, 2013, at the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center. | Credit: Jeff Graveline
The Defense Department runs training drills April 23, 2013, at the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center. | Credit: Jeff Graveline

Another round of Department of Defense training drills sponsored by the State of Illinois has been tentatively scheduled to start next week on the grounds of the closed Tinley Park Mental Health Center. 

According to Pat Carr, director of the village's Emergency Management Agency, the training drills will be run during the following times:

  • July 15 and 17: During daytime hours 
  • July 23 and 24: From 6 to 11 p.m. 

This time around the village has set up "quiet hours" between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., meaning no helicopter or explosives training will occur during days exercises are scheduled, Carr said. The training again will be closed to the public, he added.  

In April, the Defense Department used the former mental health facility to conduct nighttime urban warfare exercises. Noise from military helicopters flying overhead, as well as explosions from "building breaching" drills frightened and angered some Tinley Park residents, who said they were happening too late at night.

Patch will continue to update this story.

Emergency Management Agency Director Pat Carr has set up a blog on Patch that keeps residents updated about helicopter operations from the village's helipad. Check it out for updates about the training.

Coverage of the DoD's First Drills in the Village on Tinley Park Patch:

Arya July 09, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Harry, why should be listen to your bigoted, severely grammar challenged rant? When these same trained responders come to save your lily-white behind you will be singing their praises.
Bryan Murillo July 09, 2013 at 01:47 PM
"Instead of playing war games here in Tinley,send these warriors in the black neighborhoods maybe they would get some results" Harry, I'm curious, what kind of results are you referring to?
Eric Blair July 09, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Just children playing with their expensive new toys, and the best part, for them, is that they are being paid as well. In reality the only time this type of “training” pays off is in the movies.
Hamilton July 09, 2013 at 04:43 PM
As a Tinley Park resident, I have one comment for the Department of Defense: You are most unwelcome in my neighborhood.
## July 09, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Bryan, maybe you're new to this. Harry is really a piece of work. The moderators and editors here continue to let him get away with making racist and ignorant comments. It's kind of sad...
Arya July 09, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Thank you ## for letting us know about Harry. Trolls should stay under their bridges and we should not feed them. As you can see, he took his comment off to troll elsewhere.
Tinley Park sweety July 09, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Who are you to say they are not wellcome here sorry pal. you do not own the land,loloSio what they are training over here. If anything ever happed any where, Dahh that what there teained for. Dahhhhhhhhh
Harry Callahan July 10, 2013 at 09:09 AM
@Arya,so you don't think whats happening in the black communities along with others is a serious matter well I do call me what you want,and I will keep on saying what I want to say,so to you all commenting on me go and bark at the moon along with the lap dog media and lets hope you Harry bashers don't become one of the victims of this ridiculus killing of people.And Arya as far as responders I did my time in Viet Nam and what have you done,???
Harry Callahan July 10, 2013 at 09:13 AM
@##,I got two words for you,and your so perfect yes I bet you are.
## July 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM
I'm far from perfect Harry, that I know and admit. However, I'm also not an ignorant bigot.
Cheri July 10, 2013 at 11:34 AM
What a SICK world we all live in. Appropriate the big guys do this at the Mental Health Center.
Harry Callahan July 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM
@## Hard to accept the truth from a law-abiding citizen,so your on the side of committing violent crimes every freaking day,and anyone like me who speaks up and condems actions like this is a racist,bigot or whatever name people like you can come up with,sorry ## but your one of many who live in a brainwashed society until you or one of your love ones become a victim .
Bryan Murillo July 10, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Harry, when you advocate for the federal government to send in the Department of Defense to specifically black neighborhoods to get some "results", that is indeed, racist. Not only is that racist it's also extremely un-American to suggest the State use it's forces on it's own citizens to further whatever racial agenda you have disguised as practice. That's a very communistic idea you're proposing...
wyatt earp July 25, 2013 at 06:33 PM
This is idiotic!


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