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Air National Guard fighter jet flyover adds high-powered salute as JFTB celebrates America’s 243rd birthday

A flight of California Air National Guard F-15C fighter aircraft from the 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno, Calif. will perform a flyover of Los Alamitos Army Airfield on Thursday evening, July 4, in conjunction with Joint Forces Training Base’s annual “Fireworks Spectacular” public event celebrating Independence Day.

The flyover is expected to take place at approximately 6:15 p.m. following their flyover of Dodger Stadium during pre-game ceremonies for the Los Angeles Dodgers – San Diego Padres game.

“On behalf of Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, our City of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach community partners, and the Citizen Soldiers who work and train here at Joint Forces Training Base, we look forward to welcoming our friends and neighbors to join us in celebrating America’s birthday,” said JFTB Installation Commander Col. Nick Ducich. “We are privileged to enjoy outstanding support from the communities we serve, and this special day provides us with a great opportunity to say thank you for their patriotism and tremendous military outreach.”

The event will also include a concert by the 40th Infantry Division Band and static displays of equipment utilized by the Citizen Soldiers of the California Army National Guard including a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, military vehicles and an exhibit of historical artifacts presented by the California State Guard’s Museum Command.

JFTB’s main gate on Lexington Drive will open to the public at 4 p.m., with fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m. Admission and parking is free, but everyone over the age of 16 must present photo identification at the gate and all children must be accompanied by parents/guardian. Only service dogs will be permitted.

Biking onto the installation is allowed but helmets are required. Alcohol, fireworks, BBQs and motor homes are prohibited.

For additional information, please contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at (562) 795-2096 or via email at [email protected], or Senior Airman Crystal Housman at (805) 458-3825 or via email at [email protected]

This article was released by the Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos.