700 Guard members from 4 states drill in SC

700 Guard members from 4 states drill in SC

MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) - About 700 National Guard soldiers and airmen from four states are converging on a military base and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina for a joint training exercise.

National Guard spokesman Capt. Brian Hare says the three-day exercise begins Friday. Hare says Army and Air National Guard members from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia are taking part.

Hare says the operation is dubbed "Carolina Thunder" and involves the airmen and soldiers in a wide variety of field training and air operations.

Although the events are not open to the public, local residents should not be alarmed by the launching and noise made by F-16 fighter jets as well as AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

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