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2019 Red Flag-Alaska season concludes

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Liddane, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares for in-flight refueling during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2019.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Liddane, 909th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, prepares for in-flight refueling during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 19-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2019. The exercise provides unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward deployed air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for a mission during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2019.

Airmen assigned to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan, prepare for a mission during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 19-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2019. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. and partner forces flown under simulated air combat conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

Prepping the Battlespace for RED FLAG-Alaska

An SA-8 surface-to-air missile system sits in the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2019. The training areas near the base are outfitted with various weapons systems designed to replicate threats for aircraft participating in Red Flag-Alaska exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Isaac Johnson)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFNS) --

Exercise Red Flag-Alaska 19-3, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment, concluded Aug. 16, 2019.

“For Red Flag-Alaska 19-3, we have participating units from the U.K., U.S., Canada and Australia,” said Capt. Loren Keisling, Red Flag-Alaska 19-3 team chief.

More than 1,500 service members and 100 aircraft participated from more than 12 different units stationed around the world.

The exercise enabled each unit to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while also providing the opportunity to improve interoperability with joint and combined forces.

Red Flag-Alaska 19-3 was the first iteration of the exercise to include agile combat employment scenarios, which involve landing an aircraft in an austere environment with a maintenance team to refuel and rearm without typical base infrastructure.

“Red Flag-Alaska is our National Defense Strategy in action,” said Col. Benjamin Bishop, 354th Fighter Wing commander. “Being able to exercise capabilities like agile combat employment in a deliberately challenging exercise environment enables our team to build a more lethal force with joint and international partners.”

Red Flag-Alaska has provided U.S. and international partners the opportunity to integrate their forces in a realistic threat environment since its inception as exercise Cope Thunder in 1975.

The next season of Red Flag-Alaska kicks off in the spring of 2020.

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