McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Six F-16 Fighting Falcons will stage at McChord Air Force Base for an exercise June 17-19. The event is designed to exercise emergency action procedures throughout the Western Air Defense Sector’s area of responsibility and to practice strategic planning between WADS, North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command and Canadian Command.
The fighter aircraft, coming from Hill AFB, Utah, will arrive at McChord June 13 in preparation for live-fly events June 17-19. Fighters will engage in air sovereignty and counter-air operations jointly with Canada June 17-18. The events also include four B-52s from Minot AFB, ND and Barksdale AFB, LA. An E-3 Sentry (Airborne Warning and Control System, or AWACS) from Tinker AFB, OK will also stage out of McChord for the exercise.
The flight scenarios are away from the general population. However, aircraft noise from McChord could increase as the fighters are “scrambled” for takeoffs at unspecified times as part of the exercise scenario.