RedFlag Alaska is on
Operation RedFlag Alaska is on again! Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, the latter location being known as Red Flag – Alaska. Since 1975, air crews from the United States Air Force(USAF), United States Navy (USN), United States Marine Corps (USMC), United States Army (USA) and numerous NATO or other allied nations’ air forces take part in one of several Red Flag exercises held during the year, each of which is two weeks in duration. More than 60 aircraft and 2,600 personnel from the U.S. Air Force active duty, Reserve and Air National Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea will participate in the two week-long tactical air combat exercises designed to replicate the stress warfighters face during their first 10 combat sorties of a conflict. The exercise provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward operating bases. Additionally, the training allows participants to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as improve interoperability. While aircraft utilize thousands of square miles of training ground within Interior Alaska, maintenance and support personnel utilize the opportunity to train to sustain a large-force deployed operation.