City of Yakima
Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field will be the site of military training beginning Monday.
As of Wednesday, August 2, 2017
YAKIMA Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field will host a military exercise beginning Monday.
The U.S. Air Force’s Mobility Guardian 2017 readiness exercise will run continuously night and day through Aug. 12 at the airport. Exercise aircraft include C-17 and C-130 transport planes and Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters.
“The community is going to witness a lot of aircraft coming in and out of the airport,” Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field Director Rob Peterson said. “There will be an increase in aircraft noise and vibrations, but at night the Air Force will try to be sensitive to the public.”
Viewing of the exercise is allowed behind the airport fence west of the terminal, Peterson said, noting regular air traffic won’t be affected.
“The military has advised me they will give way to any aircraft and commercial aircraft operations,” Peterson said. “If there are any delays with arriving and departing airlines, it will be due to other causes within the aviation industry not because of the exercise.”
Up to 100 ground troops will also be participating.
“The second floor of the terminal and the old terminal building will be their offices. Tents will be set up at the airport for possible sleeping quarters,” he said.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Moses Lake are hosting simultaneous exercises.