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Readiness Drill to be Held at Barnes This Weekend

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Residents near Barnes should not be alarmed if they hear or see increased activity at the base Friday and Saturday.

Major Matt Mutti from the 104th Fighter Wing says that this weekend, airmen will be taking part in a large scale readiness exercise.

The exercise will include more flights than usual, nearing 30 flights per day. Those flights will start around 7:00 a.m. with the last one scheduled at 7:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Explosions, alert sirens, and smoke may be seen or heard coming from the base. However, that too is part of the drill.

Mutti notes that these weekend events are part of some simulated attacks that will prepare the 1,100 airmen on the “base realistic training on survival actions in a combat scenario.”

This weekend’s exercise, according to Mutti, is one of many the base will be doing to prepare for an Operational Readiness Inspection in October 2013. That inspection checks the unit’s ability to survive and operate during conventional and chemical attacks.

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