NC Marines Conduct 5-State Air, Land Exercise

North Carolina's 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing is taking part in a major exercise over a five-state area that will result in increased air and ground activity over the coming week.

Marine Corps spokesman Staff Sgt. Roman Yurek says residents near military sites in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Florida may notice increased landings and takeoffs amid other activity.

Yurek says more than 40 aircraft from seven military squadrons will take part, assisted by thousands of Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force men and women.

The exercise will include F/A-18 Hornets, AV-8B Harrier jump jets, EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare jets, KC-130 Hercules transports and MV-22B tilt-rotor Ospreys.

Three types of helicopters as well as simulated enemy air and ground forces also will participate.

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