Friday, Sept 25th, 2009
As military units train in southern Indiana and northern Kentucky later this week, local residents may hear and see a variety of military air and land craft operating.
Marines from the Camp Lejeune-based 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be using pre-designated landing zones in civilian areas from Thursday-Tuesday, Sept. 24-29. Local residents can expect to see, and hear, helicopters and tilt-rotor aircraft at various times throughout the day and night.
Specific areas this activity will affect include: Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Freeman Field, Camp Atterbury, Hoosier National Forest, Brown County State Park, Columbus, and Seymour among others
Aircraft that might be noticed in any of these areas include:
MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter, UH-1 Huey helicopter, AH-1 Super Cobra helicopter.
“Residents are encouraged to view from a safe distance but are asked not to interfere with the training,” said Capt Rob Shuford, Public Affairs Officer for the training. “For safety reasons do not approach any aircraft or Marines.”
All areas used for training have been approved by local land and business owners, as well as local and state officials, he said. All areas designated as landing zones have been surveyed by the Marine Corps and civilian safety officials months before training was approved.
This article was posted: Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:49 am