The anti-noise crowd around Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., are on notice that the base’s noise level will increase, while 38 Air National Guard F-16s use Davis-Monthan for their home base during runway resurfacing at the Tucson Airport. Earlier this month, some residents near the base developed a list of recommendations they hope would reduce noise at Davis-Monthan caused by the base’s A-10s. In an effort to preempt noise complaints from local residents, reports the Arizona Daily Star, Davis-Monthan released an increased noise advisory. The Tucson Citizen noted that the level of noise generated by the engine of an F-16 is nine decibels louder than an A-10. The Air Guard’s 162nd Fighter Wing plans to use the base from Sept. 15-Oct. 20. Fair warning
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.