Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF)F-2
Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force to Participate in Red Flag Alaska 21-2

Red Flag-Alaska 21-2, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment, with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, is scheduled to run from June 10-25. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Airmen participating in Red Flag-Alaska are ready and postured to support the U.S. commitment to the security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Approximately 1500 service members are expected to fly, maintain and support more than 100 aircraft from more than 20 units during this iteration of the exercise. In addition to the U.S., service members from the Koku-Jietai (Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, JASDF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) are scheduled to participate, enabling the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability with fellow Airmen.

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Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-16D Fighting Falcon
A Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-16D Fighting Falcon takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska,during Red Flag-Alaska (RF-A). (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Turner/Released)

The majority of aircraft will be based at, and fly from, Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Red Flag-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and partner nation forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment.

Red Flag-Alaska is a realistic, 10-day air combat United States Air Force training exercise held up to 4 times a year. Each Red Flag exercise is a multi-service, multi-platform coordinated, combat operations exercise and corresponds to the designed operational capability of participating units. By providing generic scenarios using common worldwide threats and simulated combat conditions, Red Flag-Alaska gives everyone an opportunity to make the tough calls combat often requires.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2
A Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 assigned to the 3rd Air Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, takes off from the flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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