Here at home.
military personel train regularly.
knowing they could be called to action at any time.
For the past two weeks.
military personnel have been taking part in a training
exercise called Northern Lightning.
It's a mock war scenior that the military hopes is
as realistic as possible.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt reports.
We have 14 aircrafts that are all working together.
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fly into enemy airspace, bomb the targets and get
The F-16 Fighter planes, in the blue, are the first
ones to engage in combat
F-16's are going to push out in front of the bombers
and negate any threat from the adversary aircrafts.
Once the F-16's take out the red enemy planes...they
will provide cover for the bombers...those are the
ones in green and purple.
their part of the mission on this is to release some
precision guided bombs to
attack surface threats replicating
surface terror missiles.
After that...mission accomplished.
There's a military saying, Plan A only survives the
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You can see the large air crafts, our bombers have
actually turned around and gone away.
Something happened in this scenario that the adversaries
were throwing at them to throw them off script.
Now at a moments notice, the pilots are forced to
change their plans and react to the new situation
in real time.
Making pilots think on their feet and react to real-life
situations...is the main purpose of this intense training
session called Northern Lightning
As exercise directors, we try to present scenarios
that are realistic.
I guess the idea is to basically do all of your training
when you are not actually at war, so when you do go
to the war, it's second nature for you and your able
to complete your mission.
And what better teachers than experienced fighter
Most recently, flew a combat deployment in Afghanistan
I have had three deployments.
What having gone and deployed has done for me, is
helped me be able to tailer the exercise the best
I can for fellow pilots in the military.
Their combined experience overseas is what makes the
difference here on the homefront
The job here is to give them the best training we
KEITH -- We are going to make it hard, but when you
finish up with it you are going to be that much better
and that much more confident."
At Volk Field, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
Camp Douglas is one of four Air National Guard bases
that is able to host this caliber of training and
it happens every year.