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Large Airborne training operation begins Sunday

A military exercise will be conducted from Sunday through Oct. 29 on military training areas at Fort Benning and Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and in the vicinity of surrounding communities. 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, is conducting the exercise involving units from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, from Fort Campbell, Ky., and Air Force Special Operations Command from Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Soldiers will use training ammunition and other training devices to make the exercise as realistic as possible. To conduct this exercise, a number of different rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft are used.

There will be periods of increased air traffic to include low-flying aircraft, both helicopters and airplanes, during hours of darkness. Increased air traffic and noise may be associated with a large airborne operation involving the Rangers.

This is a routine exercise, conducted periodically to maintain a high level of readiness for the military personnel involved.

Safety surveys and risk assessments are thoroughly prepared before and during exercises along with the impact the exercises have on local citizens, all with the intent of being safe and courteous.

Every measure to reduce the amount of noise associated with the exercise is taken. The support of the citizens and residents in the surrounding areas during training is appreciated.The 75th Ranger Regiment is a lethal, agile and versatile special operations force that conducts forcible entry operations and special operations raids across the entire spectrum of combat. Therefore, tough, realistic military exercises conducted regularly give the Rangers a decisive edge for real-world missions.

Exercises such as this are the best method to test their readiness capabilities. For more information about the training exercise, contact the Public Affairs Office for the 75th Ranger Regiment at 706-545-4260 or 706-604-5114.