Idaho residents sue to stop military trainings over cities… War planes in sky, soldiers on ground dressed as civilians

Boise residents sue the Air Force over proposed training above Idaho cities

The complaint was filed by a group of Boise residents and an environmental organization.

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho — The U.S. Air Force is facing a lawsuit that seeks to halt proposed training exercises over nine cities in southern Idaho, according to court documents.

Those cities include Boise, Mountain Home, Burley, Twin Falls, Grand View, Bruneau, Glenns Ferry, Hammett, and the Mountain Home Air Force Base.

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The complaint was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Idaho by seven Boise residents and an environmental organization called Great Old Broads for Wilderness, which is a non-profit group that works to preserve public lands.

The lawsuit lists potential hazards the program could cause and says the Air Force did not do enough to inform the public or municipalities about its plans.

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Group sues U.S. Air Force over planned training in southern Idaho

The filing comes more than a year after the U.S. Air Force proposed its urban close air and ground training project. That project could include up to 160 “training events” per year, when military planes would fly over select Idaho towns and cities and communicate with service members on the ground, who would be unarmed and dressed as civilians.