Originally posted by John Collins

: I was tipped off to this by two articles on the web on April 8, 2003 (Yahoo News and MSNBC.com).

: The U.S. military is using old mining tunnels Southern California to prepare troops for tunnel warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq. I wondered what old mining community they might have taken over, but I forgot about all the military installations out west.

: They are using mining tunnels contained in China Lake Weapons Range so I guess it's OK. (They're not messing up something we could go to...)

: I'm interested in people's thoughts. I think it's neat that once again the CA mining tunnels are playing a significant role in history--maybe a larger role than when they were used for mining.

: Note that the military are not destroying any of the tunnels.

: Here are two good articles:

: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/article.cfm?Id=959

: http://www.nawcwpns.navy.mil/~pacrange/s1/news/2002/Tunnels.htm