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Peace protesters not happy with National Guard training

Wisconsin National Guard troops started practicing air attacks over Menasha yesterday, while peace activists protested on the ground.

Two F-16 fighters flew over downtown Menasha, in the first of a series of simulated exercises in the Fox Valley.

Lt. Col. Tim Donovan, a Wisconsin National Guard spokesman, says the training gives pilots a chance to practice the droppings of bombs in war. Ground controllers get to practice their ability to assess the risks.

Donovan says the goal is to carry out their missions while protecting innocent civilians.

But a half-dozen members of the Fox Valley Peace Coalition protested on sidewalks near the Menasha City Hall. Ann Frisch of Oshkosh said the training's not necessary.

She says National Guard troops are needed here and they shouldn't have to go to Iraq.

Dan Sachs of New London asked where the simulation was to prepare us for peace.

The region was chosen because of its available air space and its closeness to other military units.