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Marines complete artillery training at Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - The big booms are over at Fort Bragg.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/Hd5sun) that Marines from Camp Lejeune completed heavy artillery training at Fort Bragg on Wednesday.

The Marines visit Fort Bragg twice a year to practice with the M777 howitzer. The big gun makes so much noise it cannot be tested at Camp Lejeune, which is smaller than Fort Bragg.

It does rattle windows and scare pets for those living near the fort.

Marine Col. Cliff Weinstein says he's grateful to Fort Bragg and its neighbors for the nearly three weeks of training that sometimes stretched into late night.

Weinstein's 10th Marine Regiment includes the only Marine artillery force on the East Coast. The unit has been continuously deployed since 2001.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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