FORT HOOD — Local soldiers and a Marine Reserve unit from Portland, Oregon, conducted a weeklong river assault training exercise that culminated with a combined bridge building exercise on Tuesday across a portion of Belton Lake.

The goal of the training, named “Exercise Hood Strike,” is to utilize systems and procedures to bypass obstacles within an area of operations allowing both soldiers and Marines freedom to maneuver as well as being able to rapidly deploy forces expeditiously in response to any contingency, officials said.

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