May 25, 2018
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MAINEiacs conduct munitions training near BIA

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Those who live near Bangor International Airport may hear explosions and see colored smoke this week while the 101st Air Refueling Wing holds its annual refresher training, Lt. Col. Debbie Kelley, a spokeswoman for 101st, said Tuesday.

“People may hear small explosions and see red smoke plumes in conjunction with these exercises,” she said. “There will be training and recertification on the use of training munitions.”

Training munitions include ground burst simulators, which duplicate the detonation of artillery and mortar fire, and red smoke grenades, Kelley said.

“There will also be announcements, sirens and warnings from our outdoor loudspeaker system,” she said.

The weeklong training will end with a training exercise that involves all of the 101st Air Refueling Wing airmen and women.

“Towards the end of the week, the entire wing will engage in several simulated attack scenarios using these same munitions at various locations within their installation by the airport,” Kelley said.

The Maine Air Guard base is located next to BIA.

Those with questions may contact Kelley, the wing’s executive staff officer, at 990-7604 or email her at

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