Valdosta's Moody Air Force Base To Hold Evening Combat Training this Week

By: Moody Air Force Base Release Email
By: Moody Air Force Base Release Email

Moody Air Force Base- Valdosta, Georgia- July 16, 2012

Moody Air Force Base is issuing an official notice to area residents of surrounding counties. F/A-18s from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. will be using Moody’s Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range and military training airspace to maintain combat readiness this Monday (7/16), Tuesday (7/17) and Thursday (7/19) evenings.

The Air Force and our sister services use this airspace for critical combat training missions for our aircraft and aircrews. Local residents in surrounding counties will observe military aircraft performing maneuvers, flight patterns and varying altitudes associated with military training. Increased air traffic noise may be associated with this training as F/A-18s produce a louder noise than the HH-60G, C-130P, and A-10C assigned to Moody. F/A-18s are not a Moody asset. All military training occurs within the military aerial operating area and do not fly below altitudes approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense.

Military aircrew regularly use Grand Bay Range, located in Lanier and Lowndes counties, and its surrounding airspace Monday through Friday for tactical air and ground maneuvers and weapons training. The Marine Corps F/A-18s will be able to use Moody’s airspace as long as it is available and not in use by Moody or other sister service aircraft.

The F/A-18s will be training within the military aerial operating areas during the following times this week:
Monday, 16 July: 9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday, 18 July: 9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday, 19 July: 9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Aircrews thoroughly conduct safety reviews and risk evaluations before and during all military training. Moody AFB is extremely sensitive to the impact such training opportunities have on local citizens and we intend to train safely and courteously.

We are doing all we can to balance the concerns of our host communities and at the same time, provide an area to train and develop our operational capabilities. Moody continually readdresses flight paths to ensure they impede as little as possible on local daily activity, and community complaints are never ignored. We appreciate the support of the citizens residing in the surrounding areas, especially during our training missions.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this topic, please feel free to contact Moody Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at 229-257-3007. Also, visit Moody’s official website for more information on Moody and to view current news releases. Information is updated daily on the Facebook page, simply search Moody Air Force Base Official.

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