Marines special ops team plans training in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Marine Corps special operations unit will be swooping into Utah in August to conduct a nighttime urban training mission.

Maj. Gen Jeffrey Buffu briefed the Salt Lake County Council on the unit's plans on Tuesday. He says much of the training will take place at Camp Williams, but other exercises will happen Aug. 19 at Unified Fire Authority's training center in Magna or on land owned by ATK.

Training coordinator Paul Weddle says if the Marines are doing their job correctly, citizens likely will never see them. He says the exercise will involve firing non-lethal, paintball-like shots.

Buffu says citizens might also notice aircraft such as Marine helicopters hovering overhead.

Buffu says urban training is especially valuable because 80 percent of the world's population live in urban settings.

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