Friday, December 13, 2013

We’ve been hearing “booming” noises occasionally while here at Wister Unit. We know there’s a military base of some kind east of us past the mountain range, but in searching the internet I found more information.

Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range Land Withdrawal Renewal

Where is the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range (CMAGR)?
The CMAGR consists of approximately 459,000 acres located within desert mountain terrain in Riverside and Imperial counties in southern California.
How is the CMAGR used?
The CMAGR supports military aircrew training in air combat maneuvering and tactics; airborne laser system operations; air-to-air gunnery; and air-to-ground bombing, rocketry, and strafing. Artillery, demolitions, small arms and Naval Special Warfare training are also conducted within the range.

We are on the east side of the Salton Sea, on the bottom half. The web page is

I also found out that there are “scrappers” that live on the edge of the range, who go in and take the military bombing remains and recycle it.

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