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Oregon Guard and U.S. Navy to Conduct Air Defense ExerciseSalem-News.com
Officials say there will be no live munitions involved in the exercise.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with the U.S. Navy will participate in a U.S. Northern Command air defense exercise near Camp Rilea, Ore. in June.
Exercise Amalgam Dart '09 will take place at Camp Rilea and nearby Warrenton, Ore June 18th-20th. It is one of several exercises under the Ardent Sentry '09 exercise series.
Local residents will see a minor influx of people and equipment moving into and out of the Warrenton and Camp Rilea areas a few days before and after the actual exercise starts and ends.
As the Continental U.S. geographical component of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command, Continental U.S. NORAD Region provides airspace surveillance and control and directs all air sovereignty activities.
From their Air and Space Operations Center here, the CONR commander and his staff will direct Air Force, Army and Navy assets, ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States.
During Amalgam Dart ‘09, CONR will demonstrate a rapidly deployable air defense system that could protect high profile national targets against cruise missiles and other low-flying threats.
Deployable-Homeland Air and Cruise Missile Defense assets will be brought from South Carolina to Camp Rilea and Warrenton where they will remain throughout the duration of the exercise.
"Exercise Amalgam Dart '09 provides us with the opportunity to train and for potential scenarios that could affect the Continental U.S.," said Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, CONR commander. "Exercises like this allow us to review processes and procedures and focus our future training efforts to identifying areas that may need attention."
Units participating in Amalgam Dart '09 include:
There will be no night flying by Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft, while there will be some night flying by the Civil Air Patrol.
Additionally, there will be no live munitions involved in the exercise.
Source: Oregon National Guard
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