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05/21/05

Military Exercise Draws Attention In Waveland

Gently lapping waves and children at play is the usual scene on any given Saturday near the Garfiel-Ladner pier in Waveland. This Saturday however this area was a scene of carnage and chaos.

Terrorists encamped on the beach are determined to hold their ground. A Navy recon team from Riverine Task Unit One calls in their location. Special boat team 22 stationed at Stennis Space Center races in to take out the terrorists and extract their men.

"As oppositional forces we try to keep those guys from getting on the boats and cause as many casualties as possible," says Special Boat Team 22 Chief Ralph Young.

But in his role as a terrorist, Chief Young says his "bad guys" never stood a chance against the superior fire power and forces of Special Boat Team 22.

"They can lay up to 20,000 to 30,000 rounds in the blink of an eye."

All of this was witnessed by a crowd of onlookers, as part of the city of Waveland and Hancock County's Veterans Organizations salute to Americas active duty armed forces.

"We have many days like Memorial Day and Veteran Day which honor our departed veterans and people that have served their county," says Russell Voorhies, a representative of the Veterans Organizations of Hancock County. "Today was dedicated to those who are serving their country."

Local Seabee and Marine reserve units were also on hand for the action. All say this kind of public interest and support is greatly appreciated.

Yes, of course, we love to know that the people love us cause we're here for them," says Chief Young. "We here to serve our country."

by Don Culpepper

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