Cannon Firing Drills Scheduled for Next Week

by ARLnow.com February 8, 2012 at 11:57 am 2,646 20 Comments

The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as the Old Guard, is planning to conduct two cannon firing drills next week.

The drills are scheduled to take place between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 17. They will be conducted on the northern portion of Summerall Field on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, according to base spokesman Stephen Satkowski.

The drills involve firing blanks from the Presidential Salute Battery’s anti-tank guns. Nearby residents may hear the boom of cannon fire during the drills, as they did on several occasions last year.

Next week’s drills are being described as rehearsals in preparation for the Presidential Salute Battery’s participation in the Presidents’ Day ceremonies at Mount Vernon on Feb. 20. Residents may call the Old Guard’s public affairs office at 703-696-4183 for more information.

  • drax

    But we were told on ArlNow that they could only fire them early in the morning because of funerals during the day.

    • SouthPikeGuy

      That was stated in a press release from the base’s public affairs liaison.

      • drax

        So I’m wondering if they are having no funerals Wed. or Fri., and why.

        • SouthPikeGuy

          You should ask them.

          • drax

            I should. But last time this came up on ArlNow, people seemed to know all the details already.

          • SouthPikeGuy

            You mean people like that dynaroo guy?

          • drax

            Nah, he’s an idiot.

          • dynaroo


  • bred

    I loved the part about “nearby residents may hear them”. I live in Ballston and I hear them when outside.

  • sue

    Is this the drill where they tell us 9am and actually begin at ~6AM?

  • CW

    Don’t wanna forget how to do it! Gotta make sure those things still work!

    Personally, while I see no valid explanation as to why they have to go fully to the extent of igniting the powder for it to be a valid drill, I think it sounds cool.

  • KalashniKEV


    • Josh S

      Can you even imagine a world without guns, Kev?

      • drax

        Can you even imagine, Kev?

      • KalashniKEV

        You mean like pre-Columbian South America?

        Oh, man… all the time!!!


        • drax

          Imagine a world without bolas.

  • nunya

    and speaking of morning exercises…..

    NORAD will conduct exercise flights early Thurs. morning, Feb. 9, 3-5 a.m.


  • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

    i REALLY think they should coordinate with NORAD. That’ll get the phone lines buzzing. And prove, once again, to read ARLNOW or be a loser.

  • inthedmv

    I did two tours in Guns in the 90’s. We never did live fire crew drills on Ft. Myer or in the cemetery. We always drove down to Ft. Belvoir, specifically Davison Army Airfield. I don’t know why they can’t do that now…

    Boom Boom Guns Platoon!!!

    • drax

      Why do you hate freedom, inthedmv?


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