Update: Military air traffic in Oxford expected on Saturday

Published 10:32 am Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Increased Air Traffic as Army Helicopters and Soldiers Fly from Kentucky to Louisiana

<Update – due to weather the exercise was moved to Saturday>

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – At the end of the week, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
will conduct a large-scale training exercise that will involve increased helicopter traffic in the Oxford, MS area.

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This exercise is designed to evaluate and certify the division’s ability to conduct large-scale,
long-range air assault operations in conjunction with training scenarios to test the unit’s
communication, logistical resupply, and tactical abilities.

The division will establish a forward arming and refueling point (FARP) at University-Oxford Airport throughout the week to conduct refueling and resupply from the 12th through the 15th of January. Residents living in and around this area may expect increased air traffic as helicopters conduct operations on their way to Fort Johnson, LA.

“We’re alerting the public to prepare communities of an increase in noise as a result of rotary wing aircraft conducting training flights over the course of the next week,” said Lt. Col. Tony Hoefler, spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “We hope this notification will allow our neighboring communities to plan ahead in anticipation of this increase in military air traffic.”

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the lead in the United States Army’s effort to
pioneer the next evolution of vertical envelopment