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Military training may be noticeable
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HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD - Area residents may notice increased military activity in the area for the next week.

A military exercise is being conducted through Feb. 26 on military training areas here, Fort Stewart and in the vicinity, according to a news release from the Army. First Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based here, is conducting the military exercise and involves units from the Air Force Special Operations Command on Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Soldiers will use training ammunition and other training devices to make the military exercise as realistic as possible. To conduct this military exercise, a number of different rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft are used.

There will be increased air traffic, including low-flying aircraft, both helicopters and airplanes, especially at night. Increased air traffic and noise may be associated with a large airborne operation involving the Rangers.

This is routine training conducted periodically to maintain a high level of readiness for the military personnel involved. Safety surveys and risk assessments are thoroughly prepared before and during military exercises and training activities.

"We are extremely sensitive to the impact such training has on local citizens and we intend to train safely and courteously," Hunter spokesman Steve Hart said. "Every measure to reduce the amount of noise associated with the training will be taken. We appreciate the support of the citizens and residents in the surrounding areas during this training."

The 75th Ranger Regiment is the U.S. Army's premier raid force. Rangers must be ready to deploy worldwide on a moment's notice. Therefore, tough, realistic training conducted regularly gives the Rangers a decisive edge for real-world missions. Training such as this is the best method to test their readiness capabilities.

For more information about the training exercise contact the Public Affairs Office for the 75th Ranger Regiment at 706-545-4260 or 706-604-5114.

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