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Red Flag 17-3 to be held July 10 - July 28
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Published July 07, 2017
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Southern Nevada residents may notice increased noise from military aircraft as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 17-3 from July 10 to July 28.

More than 80 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and may remain in the air for up to five hours during Red Flag. There may be night launches as well to allow air crews to train for nighttime combat operations.

The Red Flag exercise is organized at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., 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 NTTR 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 gives aircrew an opportunity to experience advanced, relevant, and realistic combat-like situations in a controlled environment to increase their ability to complete missions and safely return home. 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 NTTR by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.
 

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Red Flag 17-3 Nellis AFB

A little UPDATE from Nellis AFB

Red Flag 17-3 kicking up summer heat with AF, Marine F-35s
By Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs / Published July 10, 2017
F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., sit on the Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., flightline, July 7, 2017. The 95th FS came to Nellis AFB as part of the Red Flag 17-3 exercise, which allows pilots to train in air-to-air combat and get the experience of multiple combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller/Released)
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F-22 Raptors from the 95th Fighter Squadron out of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., sit on the Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., flightline, July 7, 2017. The 95th FS came to Nellis AFB as part of the Red Flag 17-3 exercise, which allows pilots to train in air-to-air combat and get the experience of multiple combat sorties in the safety of a training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cody R. Miller/Released)

An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is parked on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in preparation for Red Flag 17-3 July 7, 2017. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)
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An F-22 Raptor from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is parked on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in preparation for Red Flag 17-3 July 7, 2017. Red Flag is the U.S. Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)

Four F-22 Raptors assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., sit on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in preparation for Red Flag 17-3 July 7, 2017. This exercise gives Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios to prepare and train them in the event of future conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)
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Four F-22 Raptors assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., sit on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in preparation for Red Flag 17-3 July 7, 2017. This exercise gives Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios to prepare and train them in the event of future conflicts or war. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.— The U.S. Air Force began Red Flag 17-3, its three-week air-to-air combat training exercise, today and will conclude July 28.

Base leadership wants to remind southern Nevada residents that they may notice increased military aircraft activity.

Aircraft will depart from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., twice daily to participate in combat training missions on the Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas in one of the Air Force’s largest joint exercises.

“For Red Flag, we bring in our joint warfighters with their capabilities and their equipment,” said Lt. Col. Mark Sadler, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “We come together, fight as a team, and we get to learn from each other as we do that.”

Each Red Flag exercise is unique and Red Flag 17-3 is no different. For the first time, there will be two F-35 Lightning II squadrons participating.

The Marine Corps’ F-35Bs will participate alongside the Air Force’s F-35As for the first time in Red Flag history.

As the F-35 mission continues to grow, so will the operators, maintainers and the system as a whole. We get to learn in a realistic training environment as we continue to progress down the road with this platform and other fifth-generation or fourth-generation aircraft, said Sadler.

Sadler said, having two F-35 units at Red Flag will allow us to learn about the capabilities of both the F-35A and the F-35B models from each other.

“We’re not going to go to war alone,” said Sadler. “The more we can do joint exercises like Red Flag where we get everybody together and learn from each other, the more we can better use each other’s tactics, techniques and procedures to successfully go after whatever the problem set is.”

Red Flag consists of a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft, electronic warfare aircraft, airlift support, search and rescue aircraft, aerial refueling aircraft and ground based command and control, space and cyber forces.

More than 2,500 joint warfighters will participate in the multi-domain integration, Red Flag 17-3, where they will operate together and successfully defeat the threat.

“Red Flag gives our joint warfighters the opportunity to promote their readiness through innovation,” said Sadler. “They may have to go outside their comfort zone and take risks with their innovation, but at the end of the day if they see positive, successful outcomes towards the objectives, then that’s immediate positive feedback on readiness we’re looking for at Red Flag.”

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