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Helicopters were expected to crisscross the skies over Washington, D.C., Thursday during a disaster-preparedness exercise by U.S. Army, Air Force and federal agency aircraft. The exercise had been canceled due to incremental weather in the area.
Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region, in coordination with the FAA and multiple interagency partners, was to conduct a military training exercise to promote preparedness for natural and manmade disasters.
As part of the training event, Army and Air Force UH-60L Black Hawk and UH-1 Huey aircraft were to conduct multiple flights between 200 feet and 1,000 feet agl throughout the day.
The exercise is intended to continue the collaboration efforts between the DOD and interagency partners, promote emergency preparedness and refine and improve the military’s ability to respond to natural and manmade disasters, according to a statement from JFHQ.