FAIRBANKS, Alaska - As summer approaches, military convoys from Anchorage start traveling north to Donnelly Training Area. Starting this week, hundreds of paratroopers from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson are traveling to the Interior for training.
"Over the coming weeks, through the 11th of April, there will be a significant increase in the number of military vehicles on the road, particularly moving on the route from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage to Donnelly Training Area via Fairbanks or Ft. Wainwright," said LTC Martyn Crighton, public affairs officer with U.S. Army Alaska.
Slow moving military vehicles in a convoy can be frustrating for some drivers on the road but Lieutenant Colonel Crighton with U.S. Army Alaska, says the training they are conducting is vital to their mission. "This gets after deployment, it gets after field craft, and then it gets after the core competencies associated with doing combined arms maneuver at significantly slower than civilian traffic will be," said Crighton.
Crighton says they try to be mindful of other vehicles on the road by spreading out the groups of vehicles, minimizing the amount they travel during rush hour and moving over when they can. "Nobody will see more than sort of ten vehicles moving at a time, so the convoys won't be super long, but the community, the public, definitely should keep their eyes open along the highway, and be mindful that there will be military vehicles, most of which will be moving,"
Although military convoys do travel year-round, Crighton says they are more frequently on the shoulder seasons and during the summer.