Sunday, March 9, 2014

International Warfighters Will Train Over Treasure Valley This Week

Posted By on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 10:23 AM

A 391st Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to pop defensive flares during a close-air support mission during exercise Mountain Roundup 2013, at Saylor Creek bombing range near Mountain Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 16, 2013.
  • Mountain Home Air Force Base
  • A 391st Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to pop defensive flares during a close-air support mission during exercise Mountain Roundup 2013, at Saylor Creek bombing range near Mountain Air Force Base, Idaho, Oct. 16, 2013.

Treasure Valley skies will be filled with a bit more thunder this coming week.

In something called a Gunfighter Flag military exercise, military aircraft from Great Britain will join the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps Monday, March 10-Friday, March 14 and officials at Mountain Home Air Force Base are cautioning residents of Boise and Mountain Home that they'll be noticing an increase in aircraft from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

The exercise is designed to test coalition forces during multiple daily launches, with particular focus on preparing terminal attack controller teams for upcoming deployments, while providing proficiency training for air crews.

"We train combat-ready Airmen to deploy anywhere at any time and provide precision air power to our joint and coalition partners," said Col. Byron Anderson, 366th Fighter Wing vice commander.


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