Some 6,000 military personnel from Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson will deploy next week to the Fort Greely area for a big, two-week field training exercise to test the Stryker Brigade’s combat readiness. And while they’re training on the ground, the Air Force will launch its latest round of Red Flag aerial combat training out of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Richardson Elmendorf.
About 200 paratroopers from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson will drop into Deadhorse Tuesday as part of a joint Army-Air Force rapid-deployment exercise that’ll include Stryker Brigade soldiers and equipment from Fort Wainwright.
Some 5,000 soldiers from around the country and Canada are headed back home after a grueling three-week field-training exercise on ranges around Fort Greely. Arctic Anvil was the biggest exercise U.S. Army-Alaska has held since 2001. It was intended to test the Stryker Brigade’s warfighting abilities. But it also challenged the soldiers who provide logistical support that make operations like Arctic Anvil happen.
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.
Updated: A 20-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier in listed in critical condition this morning at an Anchorage hospital where he’s being treated for injuries he sustained after being struck by a pickup in the parking lot of a roadhouse 50 miles south of Fairbanks.
For the first time in many years, almost all Stryker Brigade soldiers are home for the holidays, taking a break from multiple combat assignments overseas, mainly Afghanistan, that kept them away from their families during this special time of year.