NE17 kicks-off
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan, takes off for a sortie from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 1, 2017 during NORTHERN EDGE 2017 (NE17). NE17 is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of participants from all the services, Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units are involved. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor)