The U.S. Air Force is planning a large-scale exercise over the Powder River Training Complex July 19 through July 23.
Various military aircraft will fly over parts of South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana in the Combat Raider exercise, according to a press release from Ellsworth Air Force Base, near Rapid City.
Ellsworth officials said the training mission will “provide realistic scenarios that support full-spectrum operations against modern threats that replicate today’s combat operations.”
The training mission is expected to increase noise levels around Ellsworth AFB and throughout the Powder River Training Complex. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration will block parts of the airspace to non-military aircraft through Notices to Airmen or NOTAMs during the mission.
The NOTAMs will be issued by the FAA 72 hours before training missions begin, the press release said.
The Powder River Training Complex is nearly 35,000 miles. It is primarily used for combat training by the Ellsworth B-1B fleet and B-52 bomber crews at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
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