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According to the 188th Fighter Wing at the Arkansas Air National Guard:

Feb. 7, 2007

Capt. Maj. Keith Moore
Arkansas Air National Guard
Public Affairs Officer
(501) 212-5023

Notice to public, Flares to be used on Razorback Range on Thursday

FORT SMITH, Ark. – The Arkansas Air National Guard would like to advise
the public in and around the Fort Smith and Fort Chaffee area that A-10
aircraft operating on Razorback Range at Fort Chaffee on Thursday evening,
February 8, 2007, will be employing illumination flare munitions as part of tactical
training flights.

The aircraft which will be participating in the training at the Fort
Chaffee range are from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. They will be
conducting normal air-to-ground close air support training maneuvers
with student pilots. The training will also involve deploying several types
of munitions. Among the munitions used for night time training are
parachute-suspended flares dropped by the aircraft which are used to

“,0] ); //–>illuminate target areas for more accurate target identification and

Col. Kevin Wear, commander of the 188th Fighter Wing at Ebbing Air
National Guard Base in Fort Smith said, “We would simply like to advise the
public that these training operations are ongoing at the Fort Chaffee range,
and to let them know that the flares will be part of this training. We don’t
want to create any confusion or misunderstanding when people in the Fort
Smith and Van Buren area see the flares lighting up the night sky.”

Thursday evening’s training operations will begin around 6 p.m. and
should last between 45 and 90 minutes according to Wear. He added that the
flares come in several colors including, white, red and yellow. When deployed,
the flares ignite and are suspended below a small parachute to enable them
to stay aloft longer providing needed light over the battlefield target
As a public service, the Air National Guard will try to keep the public
advised of any future training operations involving unique or
extraordinary equipment to prevent any possibility of public panic or concern.

“As we transition to the A-10 from the F-16 here at Fort Smith, we will
do what we can to keep the public informed. The mission of the two
aircraft are somewhat different, so the public will see a few new things as we begin
to train more and more on the tactics locally with the A-10,” said Wear.

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