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Red Flag-Alaska 20-3 set for Aug. 1 highlights U.S. Air Force readiness

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned the 18th Aggressor Squadron (AGRS) taxis on the flightline at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during a RED FLAG-Alaska exercise Sept. 24, 2019. Pacific Air Forces announced the first iteration of RED FLAG-Alaska this year will begin Aug. 1. The two previously scheduled exercises were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

Red Flag-Alaska 20-3, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment, with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) is scheduled to begin Aug. 1 and run through Aug. 16.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Airmen participating in Red Flag-Alaska are ready and postured to support the U.S. commitment to the security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Service members are expected to fly, maintain and support aircraft from various units during this iteration of the exercise.

The majority of aircraft will be based at, and fly from, Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Red Flag-Alaska exercises provide unique opportunities to integrate various forces in a realistic threat environment and dates back to 1975 when it was held at Clark Air Base in the Philippines and called exercise COPE THUNDER.

Media interested in covering the exercise at Eielson AFB should contact the 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at (907) 377-2116. Media interested in covering the exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson should contact the 673rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs office at (907) 552-4577.

Follow the RED FLAG-Alaska Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) page at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/RedFlagAlaska for full coverage of the exercise.