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July 17, 2020

USAF Airmen to participate in Red Flag-Alaska 20-3 exercise

Airmen of the US Air Force (USAF) are set to participate in Red Flag-Alaska 20-3 exercise, which has been designed to provide personnel with realistic training in a simulated combat environment.

Airmen of the US Air Force (USAF) are set to participate in Red Flag-Alaska 20-3 exercise, which has been designed to provide personnel with realistic training in a simulated combat environment.

Sponsored by Pacific Air Forces, the exercises will be conducted over the US Department of Defenseā€™s (DoD) Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC).

The 67,000 square mile area JPARC provides a realistic training environment commanders leverage for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements.

This exercise is scheduled to commence next month and will be conducted for 16 days.

The majority of participating aircraft will be based at and will take-off from Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

During the exercise, service members are expected to fly, maintain and support aircraft from various units.

Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed exercises that are aimed at providing joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a regulated combat environment.

Despite restrictions related to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, airmen participating in Red Flag-Alaska will continue to support US commitment to the security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

A similar exercise called COPE THUNDER was conducted in 1975 at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.

In March last year, the USAF conducted high-intensity air-to-air combat exercise Red Flag 19-2 at Nellis AFB in Nevada, US.

The two-week exercise was hosted north of Las Vegas within the Nevada Test and Training Range. Approximately 80 aircraft took part in the exercise Red Flag 19-2 from multiple nations.

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