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WTI Exercises Friday

FROM STAFF REPORTS
2013-10-16 21:46:51
Marines will take to the skies Friday as part of the annual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course held each year at
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
This year, simulated exercises will be held at four locations around Yuma: Kiwanis Park, Trinity Christian
Center, Crane Middle School and Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Under the training scenario, a friendly host country will ask for assistance from the American military as part of
a humanitarian assistance exercise, said Capt. Jamie Glines.
Eight aircraft will be involved in the exercise, including CH-53 Assault Support and UH-1 Assault Support
helicopters.
The first aircraft are expected to launch at 4 p.m., with several waves of helicopters landing at Kiwanis Park
between 5-10 p.m., and multiple landings at Trinity Christian Center and YRMC throughout the evening.
Spectators are welcome to come out and witness the training, MCAS Yuma officials said.
For safety purposes, no ordnance will be carried on any aircraft or personnel, and those participating in the
role playing will be dressed in civilian clothes with reflective belts.
Base officials ask that any spectators follow the instructions of local authorities to ensure the safety of
everyone involved.