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Night flying training missions: What Parker residents need to know

Natasha Lovato
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Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver

(Parker, Colo.) Parker residents should expect some extra night-time noise through Aug. 11 as the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard conducts nighttime flying missions.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeremiah Tucker explained that as part of critical night flying training, communities near Buckley Space Force Base, can expect to hear and see the F-16 Fighting Falcons as late as 10 p.m.

“Night flying is a critical aspect of the strategic training we perform to remain alert and ready for the call to action, day or night,” Tucker said.

“Night missions are essential in meeting these rigorous tasks.”

Tucker added that the support of the surrounding communities goes above and beyond with understanding during the defense training, but he still hopes to minimize the disruptive nature of the increased noise.

“The training gained from these exercises will significantly improve the 140th Wing’s ability to prepare and respond to contingency operations around the world,” he said.

The 140th Wing’s real-world mission and emergency response capability will not be affected and will take priority over training actions.

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