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104th Fighter Wing to Conduct Defense Exercise, Evening Training

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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Those in the area of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield may notice some increased air traffic over the next couple weeks.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Sabonis, public affairs manager for the 104th Fighter Wing, says that the unit will soon be taking part in two training activities.

The first is slated to begin Friday at 9:00 a.m. when the wing will take part in a homeland defense exercise.

Sabonis notes that that event will reflect a “standard drill weekend” with the exception that the flights will take place on Friday and Saturday, and not on Sunday.

The second event will involve evening training flights. Those will begin on Monday, April 14 and conclude on Thursday, April 17.

The F-15s will launch from the Barnes-Westfield Regional Airport around 5:00 p.m. and are set to return around 6:30 p.m.

“The evening missions are a critical part of our required reoccurring training. The night-training is required to ensure our pilots are ready to respond to any airborne threat in the Northeastern United States, at any time, in any condition,” Sabonis adds.

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