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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Residents of Natural Bridge and drivers on Interstate 81 may see military aircraft in the skies today and Sunday as Marines and sailors conduct training in the area.
Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., are scheduled to train near the former Natural Bridge Juvenile Correctional Center on Arnolds Valley Road as part of a realistic urban training exercise, according to unit spokesman Capt. Stewart Coles.
The training ground is about 7 miles off I-81.
People in the area may notice more military aircraft and vehicles on the ground, as well as military members and role players participating in the area, Coles said.
Airplanes and helicopters that may be used in the training include the MV-22 Osprey, UH-1Y Huey, CH-53E Super Stallion and AH-1W Super Cobra.
Coles said three similar Camp Lejeune-based exercises since 1985 have used cities throughout the country to simulate the areas to which Marine expeditionary units are often deployed.
Residents concerned about the training or noise can call 910-467-8693.
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