Mountain Home Air Force Base to conduct GPS jamming training

Posted at 11:49 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 05:41:45-04

Global Positioning System jamming will be conducted during Gunfighter Flag training operations scheduled for November 1-4 at the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

“Jamming could affect local businesses near the range complex to include -- but not limited to -- businesses in Mountain Home, Grandview, and the Bruneau areas,” MHAFB spokesman TSgt. Joe Woolston stated.

The jammers will be used from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Nov 1 to 3. On Nov 4, the jammers will be used from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"This training is critical to maintain our capabilities against current and future adversaries," said Col. Jefferson
O'Donnell, 366th Fighter Wing commander. "We greatly appreciate the support from our community partners and are doing our best to ensure these GPS jamming exercises have a minimal impact on our surrounding agricultural and business industries."

Gunfighter Flag participants will have the opportunity to train in a variety of scenarios that will benefit them in hostile environments, according to a MHAFB news release.

The majority of the exercise will take place at the air base.