GALVESTON — The U.S. Army’s plan to use the old Galveston County Jail for urban warfare training was canceled late Wednesday afternoon.
Calls and emails to the Army were not returned, but the county’s Dudley Anderson, who coordinated the use of the facility with the Army, said the military was a bit “sensitive” to the publicity the training generated.
The Army and city of Houston Police Department took some heat on Monday for conducting exercises at an old school in a residential neighborhood without informing residents ahead of time.
The Daily News reported on the planned drills in Galveston in Wednesday’s edition, but did not provide details of what the training would involve.
The Army also conducted training near the old P.H. Robinson power plant in Texas City on Wednesday afternoon.
Anderson said he did not know whether the Army would reschedule training at the jail facility.
He said the Army had used the facility.
Not all was a lost trip to the island, Anderson said. Military personnel were able to set up some scenarios at the jail during the day and worked on some drills before deciding to cancel the nighttime training.
The county leased the jail facility for $4,000 to a detachment from Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment, better known as Delta Force.
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