Fort Wainwright, AK --

The Pacific-directed world-class exercise, known as “Red Flag Alaska” recently wrapped up! It was designed to provide the U.S. Military with realistic combat experience alongside their coalition partners in a controlled environment.

Members of the Republic of Korea Air Force, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and the Royal Thai Air Force trained alongside their U.S. counterparts all over Alaska with Army and Air Force teams at Eielson's Yukon Training Area and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, enabling all involved to share tactics, techniques, procedures and improve bilateral integration. The inclusion of foreign partners adds to the training’s realism, as success in modern combat often relies on teamwork between different nations.

Training alongside and with airmen hundreds of miles away, was an experience the field artillery men and women from 1st Stryker Brigade wanted to perfect before their upcoming deployment this Fall, where they will be working alongside the Iraqi Army and more than 70 partner-nations as they defeat the remnants of ISIS.

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