A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG lands at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2012 The aircraft is assigned to the 428th Fighter Squadron Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and is in Alaska for the RedFlag-Alaska exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton)
Two Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG aircraft from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, land at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 3, 2012. The 428th Fighter Squadron sent multiple aircrafts and crews to participate in the Red Flag-Alaska exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton)
An F-15SG from the Republic of Singapore Air Force slows to a stop at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on Oct. 3, 2012. Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, are currently in Alaska participating in a combat exercise Red Flag-Alaska, where aircrews are subjected to every conceivable combat threat. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton)
by Senior Airman Benjamin Sutton
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/5/2012 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) -- Members of the 428th Fighter Squadron arrived here Oct. 3 to participate in the realistic, 10-day air combat training exercise known as Red Flag-Alaska.
Each Red Flag-Alaska exercise is a multiservice, combat operations exercise and corresponds to the designed operational capability of the participating units. Pilots and aircrews will train with a variety of platforms throughout the exercise.
"We are extremely excited to be here and ready to get started," said Lt. Col. Michael Quintini, the 428th FS commander.
Most participating Red Flag-Alaska units arrive the week prior to the exercise. This gives aircrews and maintainers an opportunity to fly one or two range orientation flights, make physical and mental preparations, receive local safety and survival briefings and work on developing orientation plans.
During the two-week employment phase of the exercise, aircrews are subjected to every conceivable combat threat. Scenarios are shaped to meet each exercise's specific training objectives.
At the height of the exercise, multiple fighters can be operating in the same airspace at one time. Typically, Red Flag-Alaska conducts two combat missions each day.