JBER to welcome Thunderbirds, Joint Forces Demo at Arctic Thunder Open House

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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will host the biannual Arctic Thunder Open House July 20 and 21, 2024, with the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, headlining the event along with other military and civilian air acts.

The Thunderbirds' F-16 Fighting Falcons, a multi-role fighter jet, will perform formation flying and solo routines. They have been one of the top draws to air shows throughout the U.S. and around the world since 1953.

“This is our opportunity, every two years, to open our gates to the public and invite the community in to show them, up close, what we do every day,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Morgan, director of ATOH 2024. “It’s an incredible opportunity for us to interact with the community which is so supportive of our military. It allows our Airmen and Soldiers the opportunity to shake your hand, say ‘thank you,’ and inspire the people of Alaska who inspire us every day.”

The theme for ATOH 2024 is ‘Honoring Legacy….Inspiring the Next Generation.’

Another air and ground act returning to ATOH in 2024 is the Joint Forces demonstration. Active-duty Army and Air Force and Army and Air National Guard personnel will demonstrate capabilities in a simulated combat environment. Airborne troops, rescue forces and pyrotechnics round out this 30-minute show of Alaska based military forces.

"Something unique to our event is our hosting of the largest military air- and land-power demonstration in North America," said Morgan. "The Alaska Joint Forces Demonstration will consist of one or more of nearly every type of combat aircraft we have stationed in Alaska, to include both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.”

In addition to more flying acts to be announced, aircraft, vehicles and equipment from the Army, Air Force, and other U.S. as well as foreign services will be on display. Personnel will be nearby to tell the public about the displays and how they help accomplish the units’ missions.

Entry and parking to the two-day event are free.

Arctic Thunder Open House 2024 poster: https://www.dvidshub.net/graphic/28965/arctic-thunder-2024-honoring-legacy-inspiring-next-generation

Updates will be available via www.arcticthunderopenhouse.com as other military and civilian air acts are confirmed.

For information on ways to partner/sponsor ATOH 2024, email arctic.thunder@us.af.mil.

To learn more about the Thunderbirds, visit https://www.airforce.com/thunderbirds/overview.

Footage of Air Force Thunderbirds at Arctic Thunder 2022:

Video of Joint Forces Demonstration during Arctic Thunder 2022:

Additional photos and video of Arctic Thunder 2022: https://www.dvidshub.net/search/?q=arctic+thunder+open+house+2022&view=grid