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Hill F-35 wings complete three weeks of training in Alaska

A picture of F-35s flying

An F-35A Lightning II flies over Alaska Aug. 17, 2021. Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently returned from three weeks of training in Alaska, including Red Flag 20-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned Saturday after three weeks of training in Alaska, including Red Flag 20-3 at Eielson Air Force Base.

Red Flag is a large force combat exercise that takes place several times each year at both Eielson and Nellis AFB, Nev., where a friendly “Blue Force” takes on an enemy “Red Force” over several days in a variety of taxing, combat-realistic scenarios.

Red Flag was originally designed after the Vietnam War to provide younger pilots experience before heading into combat. Today, it also provides validation of a squadron’s readiness – from pilots, to maintainers, intelligence, and other support personnel.

During this exercise, Hill’s fighter wings integrated with F-35As from Eielson; F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; KC-135 Stratotankers from Fairchild AFB, Wash.; and special operations forces on the ground.

This was the first all fifth-generation fighter force at Red Flag. The wings generated and flew up to 16 sorties each training day during the exercise.