HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (KRQE) - Officials with the 49th Wing have announced Holloman Air Force Base is currently hosting an aerial exercise involving a number of aircraft.
The exercise, which is taking place over portions of White Sands Missile Range airspace, will continue until Friday, Jan. 21.
"With an exercise of this scope, we realize there will be some impact to the communities in Otero, Lincoln and Dona Ana counties," said Arlan Ponder, 49th Wing Public Affairs deputy chief. "We will continue to make every effort to balance the requirements of our training and help reduce the impact of that training on our neighboring communities, while also ensuring all the required goals of the exercise are met."
Holloman officials also acknowledge the sonic booms experienced over Otero and Dona Ana counties over the last week were related to the exercise.
The aircraft will conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground training in airspace designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to include White Sands Missile Range.
During the exercise, residents could experience increased low flying aircraft and sonic booms. As a result of the F-22's "super cruise" capability, sonic booms can occur when the aircraft is in flight.
In addition to sonic booms and low flying aircraft, residents could also experience military personnel driving slowly though local areas during the day or early evening.
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