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Air National Guard to begin military readiness exercises over central Wisconsin

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CAMP DOUGLAS  (WKOW) --  Their will be an increase in aircraft activity in and around the Camp Douglas area Aug. 13-24, according to Col. Chad Milne, Wisconsin Air National Guard director of operations.

Those living in the following counties can anticipate increased flight activity in the airspace from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. from Aug. 13-24 as well: Adams, Brown, Calumet, Clark, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jackson, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe, Outagamie, Portage, Sauk, Sheboygan, Trempealeau, Waupaca, Winnebago, and Wood.

Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center will host aircraft and personnel from multiple active duty Air Force, National Guard, Marine and Navy units as part of the annual Northern Lightning Counterland training exercise.

Northern Lightning is one of seven Air National Guard joint accredited exercises held at a Combat Readiness Training Center.  The two-week long exercise will increase military readiness by providing participating units a tactical level, joint training environment emphasizing user-defined objectives.

"The goal of the exercise is to provide tailored, cost-effective and realistic combat training for participating units in a joint and multinational environment.” Milne said. 

More than 1,000 participants and 60 aircraft representing a broad range of military assets are participating in the exercise.

There are Air Force, National Guard, Navy and Marine assets participating from units based in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Additionally, international partners are coming to observe portions of the exercise.

Volk Field is one of four combat readiness training centers in the country.

It has a 9,000-foot military-use only runway able to accommodate most military aircraft, and a 30,000 cubic mile airspace up to 50,000 feet.

It is well equipped and situated to meet most aircrew training needs.

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