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Red Flag-Alaska 21-2 scheduled for June

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and an F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, fly over Denali National Park, Alaska, Aug. 17, 2020. The 388th FW's F-35As made their debut in RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 training alongside F-35As from the 356th Fighter Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and an F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, fly over Denali National Park, Alaska, Aug. 17, 2020. The 388th FW's F-35As made their debut in RED FLAG-Alaska 20-3 training alongside F-35As from the 356th Fighter Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

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) and Republic of Korea Air Force are scheduled to participate, enabling the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures while improving interoperability with fellow Airmen.

The majority of aircraft will be based at, and fly from, Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Red Flag-Alaska exercises provide unique opportunities to integrate various forces in a realistic threat environment and dates back to 1975 when it was held at Clark Air Base in the Philippines and called exercise COPE THUNDER.

Media interested in covering the exercise at Eielson AFB should contact the 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at (907) 377-2116. Media interested in covering the exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson should contact the 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs office at (907) 552-4577.

Follow the RED FLAG-Alaska Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) page at https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/RedFlagAlaska for full coverage of the exercise.