When the night was at its darkest and the conditions at their worst, the surveillance organisation for the Nordic Air Meet 2012 exercise, Noam 12, were contacted with the report that a number of persons had been seen near the large apron in the northern part of the area.
After visual contact and despite orders, they did not stop. Instead they continued forward. Shortly thereafter, the patrol had taken the three persons into custody. In their possession was material that could have been used to inflict damages. After they were taken into custody, they were handed over to the police.
This was one of the incidents that up until now have occurred during the exercise.
"We have had a number of different incidents so far. Everything from relatively harmless protesters against the exercise, to a number of vehicles in the vicinity of the base" explains Captain Johan Lindahl, responsible for surveillance operations during the exercise.
To assist him, he has resources from a number of units that with their personnel resources will be providing support during the exercise.
"It's currently combined strengths that create professional and good quality work" he says.
Noam 12 is the second largest flight exercise in Europe this year and it attracts all sorts of different interested parties.
"We would not have been able to fully complete the task with merely our own resources, so I am grateful for the support given this year, and hopefully for future exercises."
In addition to guarding the base in Kallax, resources are dedicated to ensure that the exercise is carried out in a safe manner, also in Vidsel.
"We are tactical and plan our resources differently over time, but also over area. Analyses are constantly being carried out to see how we can best attain efficacy at both of the bases", concludes Johan Lindahl.