RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 Kicks Off on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)
RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 Kicks Off on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)

RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 Kicks Off on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER)

RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, kicked off April 28 and is scheduled to run through May 13 on JBER. Approximately 2,200 service members from the United States are scheduled to participate and support more than 90 aircraft from 25 units during this iteration of the exercise. Aircraft will fly out of Eielson Air Force Base and JBER. RED FLAG-Alaska provides realistic training in a simulated environment with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

“We are excited to welcome Great Britain and Canada to this iteration of RF-A. Their participation allows the opportunity to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while we train for full-spectrum engagements and large-scale joint engagement. I am excited to integrate with our international and joint partners to train within a realistic threat environment. This RED FLAG drives participants to push their capabilities and sharpen their lethality with every sortie,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. William Hock, assistant director of operations for

Detachment 1 of the 354th Operations Group, which coordinates RF-A exercises at JBER. The exercise serves to bolster international engagement through its inclusion of allies and partners. RED FLAG exercises also reinforce the United States’ continued commitment to the region as a Pacific nation, leader and power. The support from the JBER and local community is always second to none as we continue to build the best combat aviators in the world. This is the first iteration of RF-A of the year.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jake Eades, 909th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, performs preflight checks during RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 29, 2022. RF-A is designed to provide realistic training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sheila deVera)