by 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
1/22/2016 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Red
Flag 16-1 is scheduled to begin Jan. 25 and will conclude Feb. 12. Base
officials want to remind southern Nevada residents that they may notice
increased military aircraft activity during this time period.
Aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada twice a
day and participate in the exercise for up to five hours. Flying times
are scheduled to accommodate other flying missions at the base and
provide Red Flag participants with valuable training in planning and
executing a wide variety of combat missions and exercise scenarios to
validate joint and coalition operations.
According to the official Red Flag 16-1 press release - which can be
viewed here: http://www.nellis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123466684 - this
exercise will include aircraft from 24 different U.S. Air Force
squadrons; four flying squadrons from both the Royal Australian Air
Force and the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force.
The 414th Combat Training Squadron, assigned to the 57th Wing, is
responsible for executing Red Flag. The exercise is one out of a series
of advanced training programs administered at Nellis AFB and on the
Nevada Test and Training Range by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air
Force Warfare Center.
Red Flag began in 1975 strictly as an aerial combat exercise but has
evolved to include warfighting across air, space and cyberspace domains
for United States and coalition air forces. The exercise has provided
training for more than 440,000 military personnel, including more than
145,000 aircrew members flying more than 385,000 sorties and logging
more than 660,000 hours of flying time.
Flying squadrons and assigned personnel deploy to Nellis AFB for Red
Flag under the Air Expeditionary Force concept and make up the
exercise's "Blue" forces. Blue forces are able to utilize the diverse
capabilities of their aircraft to execute specific missions, such as air
interdiction, combat search and rescue, close air support, dynamic
targeting and defensive counter air on the NTTR.
The NTTR is north of Las Vegas - the range is 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 AFB and the NTTR are the home of a simulated battlefield,
providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together
in a peacetime environment to survive and win together.
The exercise also prepares maintenance personal, ground controllers,
space and cyber operators to support the mission within the same
For more information about Red Flag, call the 99th ABW Public Affairs
office at (702) 652-2750 or view the Red Flag fact sheet here.