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Live near JBLM? Expect to hear helicopters overhead at night

An Apache attack helicopter files over the Yakima Training Center during an air-to-ground missile exercise, September 10, 2013. Mt. Adams is in the background. More helicopters will be heard overhead near Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the base conducts exercises on McNeil Island.
An Apache attack helicopter files over the Yakima Training Center during an air-to-ground missile exercise, September 10, 2013. Mt. Adams is in the background. More helicopters will be heard overhead near Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the base conducts exercises on McNeil Island. Staff file, 2013

If you live near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, expect to hear more helicopters at night this week.

The base says it will be conducting night training at the former correctional facility on McNeil Island, and Special Operations soldiers will be flying to and fro.

Training will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

“This is a routine military training exercise conducted to maintain a high level of combat readiness for the soldiers whose combat skills are being tested in a simulated environment similar to that which they may find during combat missions,” according to a JBLM news release.

Officials said the paths they plan to fly shouldn’t disrupt nearby residents too much.

Anyone with questions or comments about noise from the training can call JBLM’s communication hotline at 253-967-0852.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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