FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - As part of a joint training collaboration with the Air Force, quarterly proficiency training of close air support operations will take place in the Northeast quadrant of post Oct. 1 - 3 and Oct. 20 - Oct. 25.
Low-flying A-10s will deploy flares and use 500-pound training munitions during this timeframe.
Community members should expect to hear noise from the fast-moving, low-flying aircraft and the use of 500-pound bombs. In addition, citizens will see significant flare signatures over the course of the training. These operations are used to produce the invaluable and un-simulated training that Fort Benning's tenant units need to keep their highly honed combat skills sharp.
The 500-pound bombs are training munitions that sound similar to the artillery fire that typically occurs on post. Flares are a type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion. They are used for signaling, illumination or defensive countermeasures.
Fort Benning is dedicated to providing the best training available and cannot do so without the support of the community. Fort Benning will strive to limit late night noise; however, weather and operational conditions can sometimes unexpectedly delay training. The weapons and platforms used to deliver these munitions will produce loud noise, which can carry for several miles depending on how high or low the cloud cover is. Some noise may sound closer if the weather is overcast.
The upcoming firing schedule is listed below. Fort Benning will continue to review their schedules to determine where they can best reduce the impact on the community. Please note training times may be subject to change due to weather and operational conditions.
30MM – Similar to Bradley Fighting Vehicle gun
500 LB - Aerial Dropped Bomb
ANN - Annual Training
For more information, call the Public Affairs Office. You may also visit the Smoke and Sound website at https://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/smokeandsound/ for maps and other information on training.