104th Fighter Wing to Conduct Flying Training

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Media Advisory
Release No. 16-26
413-568-9151 x698-1800 or X698-1299
Lt. Col. Brenda Hendricksen
Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey

October 5, 2016,

104th Fighter Wing to Conduct Flying Training

The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield Mass., will be executing training October 5-7, 2016.

Massachusetts' Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing is conducting routine training. This training will include F-15 aircraft scheduled Monday - Friday over Southern Vermont and the New Hampshire border. There will be two periods of training for up to approximately one hour both in the late morning and early afternoon.

The following communities may experience increased aircraft activity during these periods: Deerfield Valley Regional, Jamaica Westminister West, Putney, W Dummerston, Windham, and Bondville.

During the training, the F-15 Eagles will be above 10,000 feet and will not be conducting low altitude training. Training will include basic fighter maneuvering. 

The pilots will be training on critical homeland defense and war-time tasking skills to defend our nation against terrorist threat and overseas conflicts. The training is critical to assure our Airmen are prepared for real world homeland defense and war time takings.

Training is carefully planned and closely controlled. The 104th Fighter Wing is charged with ensuring our personnel are trained, equipped, and ready to go to war as well as support domestic operations.

With our 24/7 alert posture, our Airmen could respond to an airborne threat at any time, and we often do not have the luxury of advance notice, however, when we can prepare for a mission such as this, we will try to share as much information as we can.

Tasked to provide operationally ready combat units, combat support units and qualified personnel for active duty, the 104th Fighter Wing supports Air Force wartime contingency requirements and performs a variety of peacetime missions required by the Air Force and compatible mobilization readiness.