ST. GEORGE — Southern Utah and Southern Nevada residents may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the Air Force once again conducts Red Flag exercises, which started Monday and will continue through Aug. 6.
Nearly 100 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and may remain in the air for up to five hours during Red Flag, according to a press release issued by Nellis Air Force. There will be night launches as well to allow air crews to train for nighttime combat operations.
Red Flag 21-3 will welcome around 2,200 U.S participants from 17 states from the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Space Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
The exercise is organized at Nellis Air Force Base and 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 12,000 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 and the training range are the home of a “peacetime battlefield,” providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together, survive together and win together.
Red Flag provides participants an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to succeed in combat and return home safely. It also prepares maintenance personnel, ground controllers, space and cyber operators to support those missions within the same tactical environment.
The 414th Combat Training Squadron is responsible for executing Red Flag, and this exercise is just one of a series of advanced training programs administered at Nellis and on the Nevada Test and Training Range by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.
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