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GA National Guard halts training operations in Paulding Co. following noise complaints

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PAULDING COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Following a series of complaints from residents living near the Paulding County Jet Center, the Georgia National Guard said it ceased its training missions there to try to be good neighbors.

"Through early March we enjoyed the convenience and breadth of training opportunities Paulding County Airport offers," said Maj. Will Cox with the Georgia Army National Guard. "While our operations continue to be in compliance with governing regulations, GA Army National Guard Aviation assets will prioritize training elsewhere due to community-based noise complaints."

One resident nearby said the noise from helicopters was giving her excessive stress and anxiety, likening the effects to post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Our lives were thrown into a hellacious turmoil," said Patti Smith. "When you have that kind of constant stress, that constant noise, you feel like you kind of can't take it anymore. It was stressful, and it ruins your life in the exact same way. We weren't in battle in Afghanistan, but we were embattled here in Paulding County with our airport authority."

"They're making a mockery out of PTSD," said Joe Sarber, general manager of the Paulding Jet Center. "I guess it's just kind of stooping to a whole new low. There are soldiers who come back from overseas who actually have PTSD."

Sarber said his company had thoroughly enjoyed being partnered with the GA National Guard.

"We were proud of that fact, we worked very hard to get there and provide the military with what they needed."

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