NEW CASTLE, Del. - The Delaware Air National Guard says about 350 Airmen from the 166th Airlift Wing will participate in a local Air Force readiness exercise this week.
According to reports, the active portions of the exercise will begin on Monday, September 9th, as Airmen launch four C-130 aircraft in the initial response portion of the exercise, and on Tuesday, September 10th, when a simulated "war" will occur with three aircraft launched. The aircraft will fly in the local area and return to base. Officials say on Tuesday, September 10th, base members will engage in activities to detect various simulated air or ground threats and defend the base against them. Personnel will reportedly train wearing individual protective equipment, worn to protect against nuclear, biological and chemical threats. Reports say occasional releases of colored smoke will occur, with a number of loud announcements coming from base-wide loudspeakers. Other loud noises may be heard to simulate attacks or attack warnings.
Officials say the exercise has been in the planning stages for months and will also help prepare the wing for upcoming inspections. The exercise is reportedly not related to any specific or current real-world events.