Snow Mountain Ranch to host “Raven’s Challenge” military training
Members of Colorado State Law Enforcement and the U.S. military will train side-by-side at Snow Mountain Ranch from Tuesday, May 5, through Thursday, May 7, during an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program called “Raven’s Challenge.” Members of the training program will be on site starting May 1.
During this training, which is closed to the public, more than 150 individuals will participate as teams in several series of live exercises over three days. Exercises include fire mitigation, hyper-realistic bomb scenarios, hostage situation training and more. Snow Mountain Ranch is working closely with the Raven’s Challenge representatives to coordinate these efforts and ensure a safe, realistic training space.
Grand County residents and guests of Snow Mountain Ranch should expect to see or hear the following during the Ravens Challenge training: loud noises mimicking gunfire, shell rounds or explosives, smoke coming from the property, helicopters circling the training space, a military presence, and sirens. This is not an exhaustive list and trainings may change.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management met with the planning team for this training and will be monitoring the event for any additional law enforcement or emergency service needs.
Residents should understand that this is only a training exercise. Any questions can be answered by Rachel Anderson at 970-586-4444, ext. 6062.
Raven’s Challenge is a training conducted annually to counter improvised explosive devices. Raven’s Challenge IX is sponsored by Headquarters Department of the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff office. The Department of Justice, specifically the DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives National Center for Explosives Training and Research, directs staffing to plan and support Raven’s Challenge each year. There is also integral support from and partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security, and all branches of the armed services.
Since 2004, Raven’s Challenge has expanded from a regional exercise/collective training focus into a national-level exercise/collective training event across multiple regions. This full-scale exercise is recognized as making a substantial contribution to counter-IED readiness.
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