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Downtown Mobile will be used as a simulated combat zone for two hours tonight by members of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's 14th Weapons Squadron.
The exercise -- designed to closely simulate combat operations in urban environments -- will take place near Dauphin Street beginning at 7 p.m. between Cathedral Square and Bienville Square, Air Force Maj. Jimmy Mott said.
During the exercise, people may see or hear AC-130 Gunship aircraft flying at medium altitude and military personnel in civilian clothing performing ground maneuvers.
The Mobile Police Department will assist in the exercise by providing uniformed officers to escort the military personnel through their scenarios, police spokesman Cpl. Marcus Young said Wednesday evening.
No businesses will be shut down during the exercise, Young said, and the uniformed officers will be in place to address any public concerns.
The Weapons School is based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and has squadrons at five other locations across the country, including Hurlburt Field, Fla.
(Mobile Register Staff Reporter Nadia Mohandessi and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)