ST. GEORGE – People in southwest Utah may once again experience loud booms and rumbles across the region as the U.S. Air Force and invited allied forces take part in Red Flag military training exercises. Called Red Flag, the combat trainings started Monday and continue though Feb. 13.
Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air, space, and cyber forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range –the U.S. Air Force’s premier military training area with more than 15,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land. With 1,900 possible targets, realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, Nellis Air Force Base and the Nevada Test and Training Range are the home of a simulated battlefield, providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together in a peacetime environment, and to survive and win together.
The 414th Combat Training Squadron is responsible for executing Red Flag. The exercise is one out of a series of advanced training programs administered at Nellis Air Force Base and on the Nevada Test and Training Range by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.
More than 125 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and aircraft may remain in the air for up to five hours. Flying times are scheduled to accommodate other flying missions at Nellis Air Force Base and provide Red Flag participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-variety of combat missions.
The exercise will include U.S. forces and aircraft from:
- 1st Fighter Wing, 94th Fighter Squadron, F-22As, Langley AFB, Virginia
- 20th Fighter Wing, 79th Fighter Squadron, F-16CJs, Shaw AFB, South Carolina
- 55th Electronic Group, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, EC-130s, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
57th Wing, 526th Intelligence Squadron, DCGS, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- 158th Fighter Wing, 134th Fighter Squadron, F-16Cs, Burlington, Virginia Air National Guard
- 114th Fighter Wing, 175th Fighter Squadron, F-16Cs, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Air National Guard
- 31st Fighter Wing, 555th Fighter Squadron, F-16CMs, Aviano, AFB, Italy
- Carrier Air Wing 17, Electronic Attack Squadron 132, EA-18G, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington
- 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, U-2, Beale AFB, California
- 55th Wing, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, EC-130H, Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
- 509th Bomb Wing, 393rd Bomb Squadron, B-2As, Whiteman AFB, Mossouri
- 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 225, F/A-18D, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, California
- 461st Air Control Wing, 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, E-8s, Robins AFB, Georgia
- 55th Wing, 348th Reconnaissance Squadron, RC-135s, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
- Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1, EP-3C, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington
- Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Ten, Patrol Squadron 46, P-3C, NAS Whidbey Island Washington
- 22nd Air Refueling Wing, TTF, KC135s, McConnell AFB, Kansas
- 23rd Wing, 79th Rescue Squadron, HC-130Js, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona23rd Wing, 66th Rescue Squadron, HH-60Gs, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- 552nd Air Control Wing, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron, E-3s, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
- 57th Wing, 64th Aggressor Squadron, F-16Cs and F15Cs, Nellis AFB, Nevada
In addition to U.S. aircraft, the Royal Australian Air Force, flying C-130Js, and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, flying Typhoons, F-15C’s, E-3D’s, Sentinels and a CRC will participate in Red Flag 15-1.
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