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Air Guard opens new combat training runway

It’s a 3,500-foot-long stretch of cement with a few hundred feet added on, just in case. That’s not much space on which to safely land a heavily loaded, half-million-pound cargo plane, but officials here say it’s the perfect runway for Mississippi Air National Guard pilots to train on.

Mississippi National Guard members and special guests gathered in the summer heat at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center here July 9 to cut a yellow ribbon for the Air National Guard’s first C-17 Globemaster III assault landing training facility.