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Low Flying Military Planes Were Part of 82nd Airborne Training, Apology Issued By Base

10:53 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Monday night, WFMY News 2 took dozens of calls about several aircraft moving across the Triad.

Callers from Guilford, Alamance, Rockingham, and Stokes County reported the planes.

According to CBS Station WDBJ in Roanoke, VA, the Roanoke Regional Airport says that 19 C-130 planes flew over the region Monday evening as well.

A Corporal stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, NC told News 2 that a large exercise was being conducted.

Tuesday, a spokesperson with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg issued an apology for not notifying the area ahead of time about the training. He said this training happens quarterly and the public is generally notified. An investigation is being conducted into why the area wasn't notified. At least two weeks notice is generally given, he stated.

The exercise is called JOAX (Joint Operational Access Exercise). It involves the Army, Air Force and the Marines. The exercise is used to help with planning and moving troops from one location to other. 

WFMY News 2, WDBJ

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