Pacific Air Force (PACAF) of the United States Air Force (USAF). began the first iteration of the multilateral exercise, RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 22-1.

Conducted at the Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Base (JBER), Exercise RF-A 22-1 began with primary flight operations at the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex on April 28. The exercise will end on May 13.

The first iteration of the exercise involved about 2,200 US troops.

Soldiers from Britain and Canada also took part in the exercise.

During this iteration, participating members will support more than 90 aircraft from nearly 25 units.

The aircraft will be based and take off from the JBER and Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) in Alaska.

Joint training will allow servicemen to exchange several techniques, procedures and tactics with each other, as well as improve their interoperability skills.

Major William Hawke, Chief Operating Officer of the 354th USAF Task Force 1, said: “We are excited to welcome Britain and Canada into this iteration of RF-A.

“Their participation provides an opportunity to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures while we train for full-scale and large-scale joint commitments.”

RF-A 22-1 aims to provide realistic combat training to pilots in a simulated state.

In addition, the exercise will strengthen international engagement with US allies and other partner countries.

Hawk added: “I am excited to integrate with our international and joint partners to train in a realistic threat environment.

“This RED FLAG makes participants increase their abilities and sharpen their lethality with each takeoff.”

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