If you live near the Camp Douglas and Tomah area.
you may have noticed loud fighter jets flying high
above over the last several weeks.
The reason? A unique training exercise has been going
on at Volk Field.
News eight's Eric Jacobson is here to explain.
Mike and Martha,
The two-week training exercise is called Nothern Lightning.
and it's designed to help train pilots in various
But the exercise also serves a very unique purpose.
to blend both old and new jet technology together
to help better keep pilots safe in the battlefield.
Flying is probably like the best amusement ride you've
ever been on.
But for pilots at Volk Field Thursday...
...this training exercise is anything but an anamusement
Like a mock, a mock war.
We get to go out there train like how we're going
to do it, if we actually had a war.
Going out there and getting that training is very
valuable, because you don't want to have the first
time you're doing this, be when you have to do it
Bart Van Roo
176 Fighter Squandrant Commander
The information is coming at you very fast, and its
kind of putting all the skill sets that we train for
every day, into one exercise, or one day for that
Because of the technology that if offers.
officials say Volk Field serves as a great place to
conduct this type of training.
We have laser-guided targets, so they can drop laser-guided
Edit Which are valuable training venues, or opportunities
for unites to come here where they may not be able
to get that training at home.
Many units at the training use 4th Generation jets
They are modern airplans, but really, all the ones
we fly were all designed and produced in 1987, so
they have current avionics and internal guts, but
the airframe itself was designed in 1976 basically.
But the Northern Lightning training is unique.
in which they *also* train in conjunction with 5th
such as the new F-35A.
It's very dynamic with electronic combat and kind
of things, that they have counter cabilities to that
type of thing that we don't have.
So you can share data with us hopefully or see things
that we can't see that allow us to defeat those potential
threats out there.
While pilots say the training can be intense...
They say the it is necessary to be prepared on the
It's kind of like wrestling an alligator or something,
I don't think that's very fun when you're doing it,
but once you get done, it's kind of like, wow, that
was incredible, What a dynamic thing we get to do.
At Volk Field, EJ, N8.
Pilots say the 4th Generation planes will slowly be
phased out of the Air Force entirely.
But they say the cost of producing those 5th generation
planes is high.
so that's why for now.
they are integrating both their old and new jets.
Units as far away as Washington and Idaho are on hand
for the Northern Lightning training.
The training wraps up tomorrow.