VOLK FIELD, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Nearly 1,000 military personnel from across the country are spending the next week and a half at Volk Field for a large-scale training drill.
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The annual Northern Lightning exercise takes place August 9-20 at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center. Members of the National Guard, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy take part in the training.
You will be participating in around 60 aircraft in the joint training exercise on a tactical level. This includes aircraft like the F-35.
“We are excited to be hosting the annual Northern Lightning exercise at Volk Field once again,” said Lt. Col. Ben Staats, the exercise supervisor, in a statement. “Northern Lightning has become one of the best exercises in the nation, simulating offensive counter-air and surface-to-air attacks. Our goal is to create a common environment in which units from multiple branches of the US military can work together to provide training that is essential to their operational readiness. “
Because of the training, people who live in the Camp Douglas area and parts of central and western Wisconsin should expect increased flight activity. The Wisconsin National Guard said people could hear sonic booms from planes traveling at supersonic speeds during the drills. They said the planes will be active between 9:30 a.m. and about 4:00 p.m. daily.
Residents of the following counties can expect increased military flight operations in the airspace: 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.