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F-16 flyover to honor COVID-19 front-line workers

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Four F-16s from Holloman Air Force Base will conduct a flyover in southern New Mexico on Friday, May 15 to recognize front-line workers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flyover “symbolizes appreciation for the healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel for their selfless service,” and shares Holloman’s appreciation for surrounding communities, according to a press release from the base.

The F-16s will fly in formation over Roswell at 5:25 p.m.

Information provided by the city Tuesday indicated the jets will fly north to south above Main Street and then turn toward Ruidoso.

They are also scheduled to fly over the following cities: Ruidoso, 5:35 p.m.; Cloudcroft, 5:40 p.m.; Alamogordo/Holloman, 5:45 p.m.; and Las Cruces, 6 p.m.

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“All the front line workers, from doctors and nurses to truckers and grocery store clerks, are the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Col. Joseph Campo, 49th Wing commander. “I’m honored to offer a gesture to acknowledge their sacrifice and salute them for their selfless service while inspiring the nation to remain strong.

“Additionally, the flyovers are another way to say thank you to our community for their continued partnership and support.”

Times are subject to change, according to the press release.

Check the Holloman Air Force Base Facebook page at “Holloman AFB-49th Wing” for updates.

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