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More air traffic and noise expected during military exercise this month

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 2
  • Published May 2

There will be more air traffic and therefore aircraft noise near Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson for the first few weeks of May during a large-scale military exercise, according to the base.

The exercise, Northern Edge 21, begins Monday and is a joint training exercise led by Pacific Air Forces at military installations, local airports and training areas within the state, the base said in an online statement. Four branches of the military will participate in the training exercise, which is scheduled to last until May 14, the base said.

Cordova, Kodiak, Cold Bay, King Salmon, Homer and Seward are among some of the locations that will also host the training sessions, the base said in a statement about the exercise.

“The NE 21 exercise provides high-end, realistic war fighter training, develops and improves joint interoperability, and enhances the combat readiness of participating forces,” the statement said.

Exercise Northern Edge happens every other year and focuses on joint task force tactical and operational requirements, according to a statement from the Pacific Air Forces.