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Marines conducting training at Minden-Tahoe Airport starting Friday

Staff Reports
An Osprey landing at Fallon Naval Air Station in 2008.
Christy Lattin | Lahontan Valley News

Members of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be conducting training around Minden-Tahoe Airport Friday-June 24.

The culmination of the training, which will include flights after dark will be between 5 p.m. June 18 and 2 a.m. June 19.

Airport Manager Bobbi Thompson said the Marines will be flying Ospreys in support to a training exercise in Reno, using the Minden airport as a base.

“The units are sensitive to the impact this exercise may have on local citizens,” according to a statement issued by the Marine Corps. “Measures will be taken to reduce the amount of noise associated with this training. All aspects of this training have been coordinated with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure the training will be carried out safely.”

The Marines are asking that residents keep a safe distance from the exercise for themselves and the service members.

“This training will enhance Marines’ combat skills in a simulated urban environment similar to those they may find during combat missions,” the Marines said. “This military exercise is conducted to maintain a high level of combat readiness for those deploying with the 11th Marines.”