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Military planes flocking to the area for annual Lightning Counterland training exercise

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The public may notice increased airplane activity and noise around the Camp Douglas area through next week.

Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center will host aircraft and personnel from active duty Air Force, National Guard, and Navy units as part of the annual Northern Lightning Counterland training exercise. Northern Lightning is one of several Air National Guard joint accredited exercises held at a Combat Readiness training center. 

"We are very excited to kick off our first of two Northern Lightning exercises for this year," said Col David May, the commander of Volk Field CRTC. "Our Airmen have worked exceptionally hard for months to make this two-week exercise a success for all of the participants from the National Guard and the Active Duty.  Our airspace, training facilities, and ranges make Volk Field an ideal location for counterland training. Pilots will practice completing specific missions in a contested environment to include adversary aircraft, electronic jamming, and simulated ground-based threats.” Said Col David May, the commander of Volk Field CRTC.

Units scheduled to participate in this year's exercises include 128th Air Refueling Wing from Milwaukee, 115th Fighter Wing from Madison, 128th Air Control Squadron from Volk Field 114th Fighter Wing from Sioux Falls South Dakota, and 88th Fighter Training Squadron from Sheppard Air Force Base Texas.

The general public can expect to see an increase in aircraft activity in and around the Camp Douglas area  Those living in the following counties can anticipate increased noise levels: 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.

The Northern Lighting Counterland exercises run from May 14-25

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