Red Flag

Pacific Air Forces

Alaskans should expect more military aircraft operations over the next two weeks, as another round of Red Flag military training exercises begins.


Eielson Air Force Base officials say they reminded pilots and their commanders participating in a training exercise last month that they cannot harass wildlife that wanders onto military training ranges during a recent exercise. The issue came up after a pilot asked for permission to flow low over several bison to scare them away from the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely, where the aircraft were preparing for a live-fire training exercise.


Updated: The Air Force is jamming Global Positioning System signals periodically around military airfields in Alaska during Red Flag training exercises now under way in and around Eielson Air Force Base. Officials say the GPS interference testing could affect other devices that rely on GPS.


Army and Air Force personnel and equipment will be out in force over the next couple of weeks throughout the Interior as they engage in two major field training exercises. Soldiers with Fort Wainwright’s Stryker brigade begin a live-fire exercise today, and the Air Force launches its next Red Flag training round Thursday.

National Weather Service / National Weather Service

Fairbanks, AK - A prescribed burn on the Oklahoma Range in the Donnelly Training near Delta Junction has grown to more than 50-thousand acres.  The burn was ignited in dry grass last Saturday.  Alaska Fire Service Spokesman Mel Slater says officials are considering whether to change its characterization from a prescribed burn to a wildfire. “The reason for doing that is it allows for additional resources to be put in place,” says Slater.

Red Flag Flies On

Aug 13, 2013

Wildfire is not affecting a large scale military air training exercise in the interior.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports Red Flag Alaska is going on despite this year’s long running fire season.