There are some militant groups in Texas that have voiced concerns that the U.S. Government is preparing to “take over” Texas, under the code name of Operation Jade Helm 15. It will involve commandos of all four military branches in Texas, as well as: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. This training exercise will be conducted between July 15 and September 15, 2015. Similar large-scale “war games”, however, have been held many times before in the past, since 1974.
The choice of Texas to be the focus of this operation makes sense; because, after Alaska, it is our largest state, by area. The climate in Alaska, by the way, would not adequately relate to the locations of most potential actual military conflicts. Texas is generally regarded as a state which touts its “Independence” and also is one that has perhaps the most free-wheeling Gun Rights in the nation. And, sone Texas politicians have even fanned the flames that smolder behind this conspiracy theory.
Operation Jade Helm 15 will be an unconventional warfare exercise, which will be led by the US Army Special Operations Command, including special operations troops, such as the Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces and others. It is important to note that the total number of “Specials Ops” will only be 1,200 in Texas, plus lesser amounts of additional troops in the other states.
Texas has always prided itself in its support for the U.S. Military. To provide further clarification, consider the following: there are approximately 150,000 active duty military located in Texas, distributed among 15 major bases, as well as 11 Coast Guard facilities. Approximately 50,000 civilians are employed at such facilities. According to the Governor’s Office, the economic impact of the military presence is approximately $150 Billion annually. Also, there are approximately 1.5 million retired military living in Texas.
Initially, Governor Greg Abbott asked the Texas National Guard to look into Operation Jade Helm 15, and he has recently announced that he is comfortable with the exercise. All of the brouhaha brings one interesting question to mind: Wouldn’t it make much more sense, if the U.S. were truly looking to take Texas over, to do it with the large force that is already currently stationed on military bases that have been located within the state, some for as long as 150 years?