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National Guard to conduct night flying missions from Westfield base

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A twin-engine F-15 Eagle prepares for takeoff at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield. A twin-engine F-15 Eagle prepares for takeoff at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield.
WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base will be holding homeland defense exercises beginning Monday at 7:30 p.m.

The missions will conclude at 10 p.m., but will resume at 7 p.m. every night until Thursday.

"We do not want to alarm the residents around the local area who may be startled by the increase in aircraft activity during this training exercise," Senior Master Sgt. Robert J. Sabonis said in a statement to CBS 3. "Aircrafts may fly throughout New England, as well as over New York."

The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield is an operational flying unit assigned to the Air Combat Command. It is one of the oldest flying units in Massachusetts, according to the 104th Fighter Wing's website.

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