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Behind the scenes of RF-A Behind the scenes of RF-A
Eielson Air Force Base hosts several RED FLAG-Alaska exercises every year. For the 2018 calendar year, there are four RF-As in the works. It takes a lot of time, energy and dedication from various Airmen and civilians in the 353rd Combat Training Squadron and from around base to make these exercises a success. “The planning starts approximately 10-11 months out for each different exercise,” said Capt. Eric Fenske, a 353rd CTS range duty officer and the RF-A 18-2 team chief. “Typically the first planning meeting happens about eight months out from the event. They happen at four concurrent times with the four different exercises we have scheduled this year.”
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2017
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Joshua Leon Guerrero, left, and Nicolas Garrido, both services craftsmen assigned to the 254th Force Support Squadron, Guam Air National Guard, prepare a lunch entree at the Two Seasons dining facility, Aug. 9, 2017, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-3, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 254 FSS team was tasked to augment the 354 FSS during RF-A 17-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla) Decade-old 254 FSS 'family' support each other, RF-A
For most military members, the biggest sacrifice of military service is being away from loved ones. Countless birthdays, holidays and anniversaries are spent in other parts of the world. While there is no replacement for family and friends, Airmen from the 254th Force Support Squadron have managed to bring the feeling of family into the work place.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft takes off from the flight line during RED FLAG-Alaska 17-2 June 13, 2017, at Eielson Air Base, Alaska. RED FLAG-Alaska provides an optimal training environment in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region and focuses on improving ground, space, and cyberspace combat readiness and interoperabillity for U.S. and international forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley D. Phillips) Final RED FLAG - Alaska of 2017 provides joint, multi-domain, multinational and fast combat training
It’s that time again when aircraft from U.S. and partner nations soar through the Alaskan sky as RED FLAG-Alaska has officially kicked-off for the final time this season. RF-A 17-3 is scheduled to run from July 27 to August 11. As one of the Air Force’s premier flying exercises, Eielson Air Force Base has invited U.S. and international partners to participate in this uniquely designed training experience that could potentially save their lives.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to better understand the stresses of the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
354th FW Commander leads the fight
U.S. Air Force Col. David Mineau, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, prepares to take off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft after finishing end of runway checks Oct. 10, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 17-1 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. RF-A simulates the first 10 combat sorties of an initial surge during a conflict, enabling pilots to
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2016
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Roxanne Lawrence, a 354th Medical Operations Squadron nurse technician, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, helps stabilize a simulated casualty while it is lifted up to a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during medical evacuation training Aug. 12, 2016, outside Hangar 6 at Ladd Army Airfield on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. The simulated causality had to travel 60 feet up to the helicopter during this part of the training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Isaac Johnson) 354th MDG train for EMT Rodeo

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2016
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron, takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, for a mission Aug. 8, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A enables joint and international units to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment, which allows them to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cassandra Whitman) Multinational units take off during RF-A 16-3

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2016
Maj. Scott Meng, 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, awaits take-off authorization during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 15, 2016. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises that enable joint and international forces to sharpen their combat skills by flying simulated combat sorties together in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) 18th AMU secure jets for Red Flag-Alaska
Maj. Scott Meng, 18th Aggressor Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, awaits take-off authorization during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-2, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, June 15, 2016. RF-A is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises that enable joint and international forces to sharpen their combat skills by
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2016
U.S. Air Force Captain’s Karan Bansal, left, and Kyle McCullough, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, orient to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2016. The JPARC consists of all the land, air, sea, space and cyberspace used for military training in Alaska, providing unmatched opportunities for present and future Service, joint, interagency and multinational training and is comprised of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace, 2,490 square miles of land space with 1.5 million acres of maneuver land and 42,000 square nautical miles of sea and airspace in the Gulf of Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven R. Doty) Essential players in RED FLAG-Alaska exercise
U.S. Air Force Captain’s Karan Bansal, left, and Kyle McCullough, KC-135 Stratotanker pilots assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, orient to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, May 12, 2016. The JPARC consists of all the land, air, sea, space and cyberspace used for military training in Alaska, providing
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2016
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