CAMP DOUGLAS, Wis. (WFRV) — If you’ve noticed an increase in military aircraft in the area or loud noises and shaking, don’t worry – the National Guard says training at Volk Field has been completed.
The training accommodated over 50 aircraft and almost 1,500 Air Force, Navy, Marine, and National Guard personnel for an intense two-week combat training.
Some of the world’s most advanced aircraft was also present.
According to the National Guard, Northern Lightning featured nearly 20 units conducting air superiority training scenarios in a contested environment while focusing on support of ground forces, joint asset integration, and coordination between services.
During the exercise, the Guard says:
- 488 sorties were flown
- Approximately 90,000 gallons of tanker fuel was off-loaded
- Thousands of ground tasks were executed at Volk Field, Hardwood Range, and Fort McCoy
Simulated threats targeted aircraft from four different locations during the training in order to replicate the fight aircraft would face with a near-peer adversary.
Airframes participating in the exercise included: EA-18G, F-35A, F-35B, F-16B30, F-16B50, T-38, L-159, F-22, KC-135 and C-130. The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s Madison-based 115th Fighter Wing flew its F-16 fighter planes at the exercise while Milwaukee’s 128th Air Refueling Wing participated with its KC-135 tankers.
Northern Lightning is an annual joint total force exercise hosted by the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center providing tailored, cost-effective, tactical level, and high-end combat training.
The exercise is focused on 4th and 5th generation aircraft integration in complex threat environments.