Army training flies high over the skies of Destin

Matt Algarin
Breezy Lynette Monk of Destin shared this photo of a Chinook helicopter going airborne at Destin Airport. She said there were three of them taking off and landing. “Its incredible listening to them. I grew up on military bases all over so living on Airport Road in Destin brings back wonderful memories from my childhood,” she writes.

Chinook and Black Hawk helicopter sightings were the norm in Destin recently as troops from the 160th Special Operations regimen from Fort Campbell Kentucky spent time training at the Destin Airport.

Army Staff Sergeant Ricardo Branch from the base's public affairs office told The Log that most of the training was done at night, but some of the operations were conducted during the day to simulate real life scenarios.

"We had a unit conducting high altitude parachute training," he said.

Military training operations are not uncommon at Destin Airport. This particular operation was using the facility at Regal Air, one of the airport's two fixed base operators.

“It is an honor for Regal Air to be able to play a small part in support of the Army’s mission while in Destin," said Regal Air General Manager Brian Cherry. "Their presence is not only good for our FBO during what would normally be a slow time of year, but it’s good for the community as well.”