Military exercises could return to the Interior

 

Military exercises that bring thousands of personnel to interior Alaska were cancelled for budget reasons this year.
 
But U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says a smaller version could take place in late summer.
 
Begich says he's "fairly certain" a Red Flag Alaska training mission could take place at Eielson Air Force Base with four countries participating.
 
The Associated Press reports Begich saying  he's optimistic the training session will take place based on conversations with Alaska Command Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog.
 
A spring version of Red Flag Alaska was cancelled, as was Northern Edge, a multi–branch summer exercise.
 
Begich says the smaller Red Flag Alaska is scheduled for August and likely will include units from South Korea and the Philippines.