Wings need exercise

If you notice an increase of noise and camouflage this week, it’s likely that you’re spotting the Minnesota National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing’s readiness exercises.

Activity will ramp up Wednesday through Sunday in Duluth.

“The purpose of this exercise is to provide realistic training to our members and to prepare for future readiness inspections or combat missions,” Air Force Capt. Jodi Kiminski, 148th Fighter Wing executive officer, said. “As a result of the exercise, there will be increased vehicle traffic, alarms and sirens.”

The exercises include simulated explosions and bomb blasts, which will create noise and smoke near the base, as well as flying jets. The majority of the activities will take place Friday and Saturday, Kiminski said.