Air Force: Tate’s Hell war games a go

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 09:10 AM.

According to the BA, aircraft would touch down at the runways for up to two-hour periods, both during the day and at night. These sessions could occur up to five times a day, spread between the three sites.

Helicopters would land or hover to allow passengers to disembark using ropes and ladders. Helicopters would fly between treetop level and 3,000 feet approaching training sites and would hover between 15 and 75 feet during exercises. Training sessions would last between 30 minutes and two hours, with up to 50 personnel involved. Sessions would occur twice monthly, half of them at night, with 20 percent occurring after 10 p.m.

Airdrops of up to 72 personnel would occur up to four times daily during training. Aircraft participating would approach the drop site at 500 to 1,000 feet above ground.

Up to eight times a year, personnel would move on foot between locations as part of the simulation. The activity could take place day or night and would involve up to 72 individuals crossing streams and wetland areas.

Training events with up to 10 vehicles could occur up to a dozen times a year and might include “blackout driving” of ATVs and HMMWVs with headlights reduced to small slits providing enough light to navigate using night vision goggles. Roads would be temporarily closed during blackout driver training.

Military training would also involve amphibious boat operations, camping with up to 72 participants and foraging off existing plant and animal resources.


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