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U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from Yokota Air Base, Japan prepare for takeoff during Red Flag-Alaska 18-2 operations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 21, 2018. RF-A is Pacific Air Forces’ premier air combat exercise that provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. RF-A executes the world's premier tactical joint and coalition air combat employment exercise, designed to replicate the stresses warfighters face during their first eight to ten combat sorties. RF-A has the assets, range, and support structure to train joint and combined warfighting doctrine against realistic, robust enemy integrated threat systems, under safe and controlled conditions.