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Fort airfields to face Ďassaultí from Yuma-based Marines
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Bill Hess

Posted on 10/12/2012 7:48:32 AM PDT by SandRat

FORT HUACHUCA — Residents of the fort, Sierra Vista and Huachuca City may see and hear a variety of aircraft conducting exercises in Fort Huachuca airspace Friday and Saturday night, a fort spokeswoman said.

Friday night, Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma will conduct a mock assault of Libby Army Airfield on the post with CH-53 Super Stallion helicopters, MV-22 Ospreys and a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Missouri Air National Guard, according to post spokeswoman Tanja Linton.

The CH-53s and MV-22s will then lift off and conduct a similar mock assault at Hubbard Air Strip on the East Range, she said.

Once the training objective is met, all Marine Corps personnel and aircraft will return to Yuma, Linton noted, adding training is expected to occur in a two-hour window beginning around 6:30 p.m.

Saturday night, personnel in three Air Force C-17 Globemasters from Dover Air Force Base, Del., will conduct night vision goggle and night vision device training. the spokeswoman said.

The aircraft will fly in a formation and land at Libby Army Airfield with no airfield lights, Linton said. The aircraft will then lift off and conduct low level flying about 1,500 feet above the ground, over Hubbard Air Strip on the East Range, however, the aircraft will not actually land on Hubbard, she said, adding the Air Force training is expected to take place between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Linton said the fort’s 964 square miles of controlled airspace provide an ideal training location for a variety of military aircraft from other services.

“We are a major training facility for the Air Force,” she said.

Additionally, the high desert terrain mimics the current operational environment in Afghanistan, adding a degree of realism to training conducted on the fort, Linton said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: airfields; fthuachuca; marines; yuma

1 posted on 10/12/2012 7:48:39 AM PDT by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Last night I was watching the weather and noticed the radar showed a large area of rain over the gulf. The weatherman said it was not rain but chaff from a mission conducted by Eglin.


2 posted on 10/12/2012 7:52:34 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: SandRat

Does the area also simulate Iran?


3 posted on 10/12/2012 7:58:24 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

Yes and also the dark side of the moon.


4 posted on 10/12/2012 8:12:13 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: mountainlion
A lot of our territory on the ranges is very similar to that in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
5 posted on 10/12/2012 8:18:27 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Conservative4Ever
OK It was quite dark there part of the time I was there. Lots of Border Patrol airplanes in the distant and that balloon.
6 posted on 10/12/2012 8:20:58 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SandRat
Routine training missions....
... the boys and their toys....

...Fly safe, Marines!

7 posted on 10/12/2012 8:24:05 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: SandRat

My hubby is a retired Marine Zoomie...and at one time was XO of MCAS Yuma! Yay Yuma...loved it there..and those Marine fliers are the best!!


8 posted on 10/12/2012 10:01:38 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: mountainlion

Lol...not light or the lack thereof...but terrain, was the inference.


9 posted on 10/12/2012 8:36:33 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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