US Army conducts secret exercise at former strip club, other locations in Indiana


Laura Lane

Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind.

The former Night Moves strip club on South Walnut Street, owned by the city, was one of the sites of military training exercises late Monday night and early Tuesday morning that included low-flying helicopters, simulated gunfire and explosions.

Many people living on the south side area received notice, via warning fliers place in their doors, of the flight and close-quarter weapons training.

A U.S Army spokeswoman at the site would not speak or answer questions on the record and said a public information officer from Fort Bragg in North Carolina would contact an H-T reporter today to answer questions.

Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said early Tuesday morning that BPD officers were present to close down Walnut Street and to keep the sidewalks clear while the training was in progress. He said any further information would have to come from the Army.

There has been no explanation as to why the military exercises, involving dozens of Army personnel, were conducted in Bloomington, adjacent to the city’s new Switchyard Park.

People living in Sassafras Apartments on Miller Drive, just off South Walnut Street and near Night Moves, were warned about the training by fliers explaining that “elements of the United States Military” would be conducting training in the area between 7 p.m. Monday and 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Residents of the Sunny Slopes neighborhood off South Walnut Street were not notified ahead of time, and stood outside their homes in late in the night as dark helicopters with no lights flew over their homes just above the tree line.

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