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Military planes fill the skies for war games training exercise

The 4th annual Southern Strike includes some 2,000 members of the military from all branches of the service. (Photo source: WLOX) The 4th annual Southern Strike includes some 2,000 members of the military from all branches of the service. (Photo source: WLOX)
Team members are practicing "real world" scenarios that include air battles over the gulf. (Photo source: WLOX) Team members are practicing "real world" scenarios that include air battles over the gulf. (Photo source: WLOX)
Pilots involved in the exercise will fly some 750 sorties this week, many of them at night. (Photo source: WLOX) Pilots involved in the exercise will fly some 750 sorties this week, many of them at night. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

You may be hearing a lot more military planes in the air this week. That's because the Mississippi National Guard is hosting a major war games exercise.

The 4th annual Southern Strike includes some 2,000 members of the military from all branches of the service.

Team members are practicing "real world" scenarios that include air battles over the gulf, medical evacuation training and special operations exercises.

Pilots involved in the exercise will fly some 750 sorties this week, many of them at night. One of the war game scenarios involves two sides battling for control of the Chandeleur Islands.

Virtually every type of U.S. military aircraft will be used during the two week training.

Steve Phillips will tell you all about the training and what you should expect tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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