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SPOKANE, Wash. - Tuesday evening people started calling KHQ inquiring about military planes flying overhead. Turns out this is all part of a military training exercise. Rangers are being tested on their combat skills in a simulated urban environment similar to those they may find during combat missions. This is a routine military exercise conducted periodically to maintain a high level of combat readiness for the Rangers.

During the first week of the exercise, the training will occur at McChord Field on JBLM. To make the exercise as realistic as possible, it will be conducted during hours of darkness, during which nearby residents may hear increased air traffic. Rangers will use simulated munitions and small pyrotechnics, which may cause loud noises.

The aircraft involved may include helicopters such as Little Birds (AH-6), Black Hawks (MH-60), and Chinooks (MH-47); and, AC-130 Hercules, CV-22 Ospreys and C-17 Globemaster III airplanes and other fixed wing aircraft moving troops and providing close air support. Fairchild says they know this training will be somewhat disruptive, but they're taking "every measure to reduce the amount of noise associated with this training."

The training will continue through Thursday.

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