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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:

## 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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