Kan. (August 6, 2020) -
More than 800 military personnel are set to
converge on Salina and the surrounding area for
the next several weeks to participate in the
joint-service exercise, Jaded
exercise will include joint corps integration by
members of Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and
Army units, as well as representatives of the
U.S. Special Operations Command.
training provided during Jaded Thunder is
essential for national defense.
participants will comply with detailed COVID-19
mitigation measures. Exercise participants will
maximize social distancing and wear face masks.
Facilities will be sanitized daily.
Salina Regional Airport's close proximity to the
Smoky Hill Weapons Range is key for this type of
training. Operating from the Salina
Airport, military units get realistic and
efficient training. The less time pilots
spend in the air getting to the training venue,
the more time, and fuel, they can spend over the
range training with personnel on the
ground. The availability of the Smoky Hill
Weapons Range, coupled with a supportive
community, make the Salina Airport a preferred
location for military
residents shouldn't worry if they hear any loud
noise coming from the weapons range. The
military will be using training ordnance during
the exercise. The airports FAA air traffic
control tower will work with all military
aircraft to maintain safe operations in the