More than 800 military personnel are set to converge on Salina and the surrounding area for the next several weeks to participate in the joint-service exercise, Jaded Thunder.
The exercise will include joint corps integration by members of Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army units, as well as representatives of the U.S. Special Operations Command, according to information from the Salina Airport Authority.
The training provided during Jaded Thunder is essential for national defense.
All participants will comply with detailed COVID-19 mitigation measures. Exercise participants will maximize social distancing and wear face masks. Facilities will be sanitized daily.
The Salina Regional Airport's close proximity to the Smoky Hill Weapons Range is key for this type of training. Operating from the Salina Airport, military units get realistic and efficient training. The less time pilots spend in the air getting to the training venue, the more time, and fuel, they can spend over the range training with personnel on the ground. The availability of the Smoky Hill Weapons Range, coupled with a supportive community, make the Salina Airport a preferred location for military training.
Salina residents shouldn't worry if they hear any loud noise coming from the weapons range. The military will be using training ordnance during the exercise. The airports FAA air traffic control tower will work with all military aircraft to maintain safe operations in the skies over Salina.