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Busy, Noisy Drill Planned At Aurora Air Base

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Buckley Air Force Base (credit: CBS)

Buckley Air Force Base (credit: CBS)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Aurora residents may hear sirens and see more jets taking off and landing at Buckley Air Force Base as a National Guard unit undergoes a readiness inspection.

The stepped-up activity starts Thursday, and runs through Sunday.

The 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard will conduct 24-hour training during the inspection by the Air Force Air Combat Command. The inspection is meant to test whether the unit is capable of deploying overseas if needed.

Takeoffs and landings might start as early as 6:45 a.m. and end as late as 1:15 a.m.

The inspection begins one day after a separate disaster drill in the Denver area that involved 11 hospitals, 10 ambulances and four helicopters.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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