RF-A 22-1 concludes at Eielson AFB

RED FLAG-Alaska 22-1 officially concluded May 13 following a successful two-week training blitz.

RF-A 22-1 was a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces flown under simulated air combat conditions primarily out of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Exercises like RF-A ensure U.S. and allied forces are capable and ready to face the world’s ever-evolving challenges.

“RF-A is all about doing what it takes to prepare to win,” said Col. Taylor Ferrell, 18th Operations Group commander at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and RF-A 22-1 deployed forces commander. “There are three primary goals for the exercise; the first is to do spin-up training for our expeditionary forces that are going to prepare to deploy worldwide. The second is to enhance our combined and joint interoperability. The third and most important goal of RF-A is to enhance our combat readiness.”

Realistic combat training is essential to the success of air and space operations. RF-A 22-1 provided unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint and multinational training from simulated forward operating bases.

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