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FORT HOOD — Area residents may be hearing some loud “booms” coming from Fort Hood until Friday, but a post spokesman says there is nothing to worry about.

A U.S. Air Force Reserve F-16 Fighting Falcon unit from the Dallas/Fort Worth area will partner with the Air Force’s 3rd Air Support Operations Group for training at Fort Hood, according to spokesman Chris Haug. The F-16 fighter jets will be conducting live-fire training on post ranges in coordination with the local forward controllers.

Subordinate squadrons within the 3rd Air Support Operations Group provide tactical air control party airmen, who embed with Army units in combat zones to call for fire from Air Force assets. According to airforce.com, tactical air control party specialists embed “with Army and Marine units on the frontline with the incredible responsibility of calling in an air strike on the right target at just the right time.”

Additional training by U.S. Army units on post is ongoing, according to the post, and may also provide loud noises from Fort Hood.

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