160th SOAR dedicates new training site to deceased Night Stalkers

FORT CAMPBELL, KY (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fort Campbell for a new Military Urban Terrain Operations (MOUT) training site in remembrance of two Deceased Night Stalkers.

The training site honors Night Stalkers Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta and Staff Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, who died in a training accident on August 27, 2020 in California. The facility is called the Marketta-Shelton MOUT Site and is part of the Fort Campbell Range complex.

Family members, friends and comrades of the two heroes attended the dedication ceremony. Bronze plaques were on display and will be placed at the training site.

According to Major Chris Lancia, Public Affairs Officer for the 160th Regiment, the combination of a military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) site and an aerial firing range allows ground forces customers to simulate the actual demands of the mission of calling in close air support while conducting operations. on the ground.

This reduces the cost of conducting such training, increases staff and public safety, and provides a realism that is hard to replicate. The site features simulated power lines that crews are always concerned about, flat roofs for tactical insertion, multi-story buildings with movable interiors, and allow for explosive breaches on interior and exterior doors.

After the ceremony, Sgt. 1st Class Reed Knudson, who knew the men, spoke about what the facility’s dedication would mean for soldiers training at the site.

“I believe it will resonate through time, through the many crews that pass through, to be able to know that these two dedicated Night Stalkers gave their lives to hone their craft and become the best crew chiefs they could be to provide. America,” Knudson said.

Work on the new training facility began approximately two years ago and training at the site has been ongoing since the spring of 2022. The Marketta-Shelton MOUT site is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2023 for a $9.9 overall cost. million.

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