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U.S., international partners unite for RED FLAG-Alaska 23-2

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  • By Maria Galvez
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RED FLAG-Alaska 23-2 began June 12 and will run through June 23 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

RF-A serves as an ideal platform for international engagement and this iteration will include both Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force participants, strengthening interoperability among allies and partners.

“We are excited to welcome JASDF and ROKAF to this iteration of RED FLAG -Alaska,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. William Hock, assistant director of operations for the 354th Operations Group, Detachment 1. “Their participation allows the opportunity to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while we train for full spectrum engagements and large-scale joint engagement.”

More than 2,000 service members from 32 units are expected to participate in the exercise, flying, maintaining, and supporting more than 70 aircraft.

“Red Flag-Alaska challenges U.S., joint, and international partners with relevant, realistic, and integrated combat training while in a controlled training environment,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Johnston, commander of the 354th Operations Group, Detachment 1.

Units from the 36th Airlift Squadron assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, and the 909th Air Refueling Squadron assigned to the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base, Japan, are just some of the units that are also participating in this iteration. Local units from the 3rd Wing, including the 517th Airlift Squadron and 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron, are set to participate as well.

RF-A 23-2 will focus on strategic competition, lethality, interoperability, and the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC). The exercise will feature joint, coalition, and multilateral training from simulated forward operating bases.

The JPARC airspace, covering over 77,000 square miles, will provide a realistic training environment, making it the optimal space for training to occur.

The annual exercise is a commitment by the Department of Defense to ensure that U.S. forces are capable and ready to face the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, anytime, anywhere.