US Army training exercise prompts calls to police

November 9, 2010 10:04:26 AM PST
Enough with the calls: the U.S. Army is telling troops at its barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to stop badgering authorities about people wandering around in "Arab attire armed with AK-47s." They're role-players in a training exercise. In an email sent around Tuesday morning and published online by Stars and Stripes, troops at the Kleber Kaserne were told thanks for the vigilance, but no thanks.

The email tells troops to "please stop calling the German police, military police, and hiding in your buildings."

U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern spokesman Mark Heeter confirms the validity of the email, saying the role players are part of a force protection exercise.