Italy, Netherlands join US Air Force for Red Flag-Alaska

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Red Flag-Alaska 24-1, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, is scheduled to begin April 18 with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and is scheduled to run through May 3. Red Flag-Alaska is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment.

Approximately 2,000 service members are expected to fly, maintain and support more than 60 aircraft from 15 units during this iteration of the exercise. In addition to the U.S., service members from Italy and the Netherlands are scheduled to participate, enabling them to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability with fellow Airmen. Most aircraft will be based at, and fly from, Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Red Flag-Alaska training spans from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. The exercises can be adapted to integrate various forces into a realistic threat environment using the more than 77,000 square miles of airspace in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which is the largest combat training range in the world.