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JBLE issues noise advisory ahead of night training flights

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 12:03:31-04

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS – A noise advisory has been issued for the late evening hours of July 18 and early morning hours of July 19 in Hampton Roads.

The 1st Fighter Wing from Joint Base Langley-Eustis will be operating aircraft at late hours as part of an exercise. JBLE officials say these exercises are a critical component for giving pilots, maintainers, and other ground crew the opportunity to train for real-world combat situations.

“During this time, our Airmen will be working to hone vital skills and enhance their ability to protect America at a moment’s notice,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Pete Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander. “The F-22 Raptor is a formidable weapons system, and in the hands of our outstanding Airmen, it is a platform that guards the nation and deters our enemies from aggressive action. We truly appreciate the community’s understanding of our need to train and prepare, and we are grateful for their patience during this exercise.”

JBLE says even though noise concerns are expected to be minimal, some local residents may hear aircraft noise that is louder than normal.