Eielson hosts aircraft in support of EXERCISE TALISMAN SABER

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, from the 121st Air Refueling Wing out of Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, waits for take-off July 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The KC-135 aircraft will fly in support of exercise TALISMAN SABER, a joint exercise between the U.S. and Australia to strengthen partnership and more effectively respond to shared challenges both regionally and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, from the 121st Air Refueling Wing out of Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, waits for take-off July 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The KC-135 aircraft will fly in support of exercise TALISMAN SABER, a joint exercise between the U.S. and Australia to strengthen partnership and more effectively respond to shared challenges both regionally and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)

Two U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft taxi toward the runway July 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. These are two of four aircraft which departed Eielson for exercise ULTIMATE REACH. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)

Two U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft taxi toward the runway July 12, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. These are two of four aircraft which departed Eielson for exercise ULTIMATE REACH. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 185th Air Refueling Wing, conduct preflight inspections on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, July 11, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The KC-135 participated in exercise ULTIMATE REACH in support of aircraft in route to the TALISMAN SABER exercise held in Brisbane, Australia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 185th Air Refueling Wing, conduct preflight inspections on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, July 11, 2017, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The KC-135 participated in exercise ULTIMATE REACH in support of aircraft in route to the TALISMAN SABER exercise held in Brisbane, Australia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Eric M. Fisher)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

On July 12, several KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft from various units departed Eielson for ULTIMATE REACH, an exercise which supports TALISMAN SABER. 

The KC-135 aircraft from the 121st Air Refueling Wing out of Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio; the 185th ARW out of Sioux City ANG Base, Iowa; the 22d ARW out of McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas; and the 161st ARW out of Goldwater ANG Base, Arizona; will conduct air refueling operations to support units traveling to the TALISMAN SABER exercise in Australia. 

The aircraft, while from many different locations around the U.S., departed from Eielson due to its strategic location that allows for rapid deployment to nearly any location within the Northern Hemisphere at a moment’s notice.

ULTIMATE REACH allowed both Eielson and the ARWs to showcase our ability to support a variety of contingency operations, which ensure stability, peace and security throughout both the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the world.