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80th Fighter Squadron arrives for Red Flag-Alaska 17-3

An 80th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon flies in the skies above Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The 80th will take part in Red Flag Alaska over course of several days. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

An 80th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon flies in the skies above Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The 80th will take part in Red Flag Alaska over course of several days. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Korea --

Members of the 80th Fighter Squadron arrived at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 17-3 today.

Over the next two weeks, the 80th FS will train to defend against surface-to-air and air-to-air threats, including those provided by an Aggressor unit stationed at Eielson AFB, and work with U.S. and international forces to respond to these threats. This provides the most realistic simulated combat environment possible to the forces participating in this exercise.

Red Flag-Alaska 17-3 is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces flown under simulated air combat conditions and is focused on improving the combat readiness of U.S. and international forces and developing and improving joint and combined interoperability.

The exercise is conducted on the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex with air operations flown primarily out of Eielson AFB and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and dates back to 1975.

For more information, please contact 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Eielson Air Force Base, at 907-377-2116 or 354FW.PA.PUBLICAFFAIRS@US.AF.MIL.