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Marines gearing up for intense field training in Dinwiddie

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DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) -

A peaceful neighborhood in Dinwiddie is about to get a major shakeup.

US Marines are gearing up to do some intense field training starting tomorrow, and will be in Dinwiddie on Labor Day.

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit picked an old prison camp off Old Cox Road for their training.

They'll replicate different operations - like a raid, aircraft landings, and much more they can't talk about.

"This training is very important for us, because it allows our Marines to operate in an unfamiliar area in preparation for some of the area we might be going to overseas," said Capt. Stewart Coles of the 22nd MEU.

The old prison camp is about 200 acres. Marines will train within the camp.

"You might notice an increase in aircraft noise you may see military aircraft, you may see marines but we try to contain as much as possible that way there is little impact on the local community," said Coles.

Neighbors will be notified days in advance. The Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office will be assisting and so will Fire and EMS.

"These guys are coming here, they're fine tuning their training before they do deploy overseas and carry out their mission and anything we can do to help them with that is positive," said Chief Dennis Hale of Dinwiddie Fire and EMS.

The public will have a chance to interact with Marines and see the aircraft and equipment on display at the Dinwiddie County Airport on September 7th.

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