World-class military exercise ends second session in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Pacific-directed world-class exercise, known as "Red Flag Alaska" ended today Friday, June 21st. The exercise was designed to provide the U-S Military with realistic combat experience, along with their international coalition partners, in a controlled environment.

The Pacific-directed world-class exercise, known as "Red Flag Alaska" ended today. Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and the Royal Thai air Force trained alongside their U-S Counterparts all over Alaska... with Army and Air Force teams at Eielson, the Yukon Training Area, and J-BER. (Photo by Senior Airman Kristen Heller - 1st Combat Camera Squadron)

Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and the Royal Thai air Force trained alongside their U-S Counterparts all over Alaska, with Army and Air Force teams at Eielson, the Yukon Training Area, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, or J-BER. .

Around 2-thousand personnel were involved with the exercise, and more than 85 aircraft from over a dozen units participated The exercise took place in isolated areas away from residents.

The majority of the aircraft were from J-BER and Eielson, but Army field artillery support was provided by Fort Wainwright's 1st Stryker Brigade.

Staff Sergeant Palacios of Ft. Wainwright described the importance of the exercise. "The importance of this training is to be able to integrate fires from the Air Force with fires of artillery with the Army, and support USAPAK missions. The experience actually has been great. We're able to support fires with the Air Force and we have also been able to witness the kind if fire power they have. That’s actually a great experience." Palacios said.

While combat exercises took place in the air, ground forces conducted their own pre-deployment live-fire exercise. The 25th Brigade Support Battalion from Ft. Wainwright used combat skills while conducting traditional logistical operations. This session was the second of three live fire exercises. The third session Red Flag Alaska will start in August.