Southern Nevada residents will be seeing more military aircraft flying overhead for the next two weeks as the Air Force begins a series of battle exercises known as Green Flag West.
Missions start at Fort Irwin, Calif., and fly over the Las Vegas Valley, to and from Nellis Air Force Base, near Mount Charleston, and north of Pahrump. The exercise runs from 1 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. this week and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. next week.
Officials say Green Flag West provides a realistic training environment for airmen and soldiers preparing to deploy in Southwest Asia. It replicates irregular warfare conditions like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.