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Skies Around Alaska Will Be Busy as Another Round of Red Flag Training Exercises Begins

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 the latest Red Flag-Alaska exercise began today and will continue through Aug. 11. The training will involve U.S. and Canadian pilots, and it’s intended to improve their readiness for combat and ability to operate with both U.S. and allied forces.

The aircraft will operate out of Eielson and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and training will be conducted mainly over areas that are part of the Joint Pacific-Alaska Range Complex. The 65,000-square-mile complex of on-land training ranges are scattered around the eastern Interior and elsewhere in the state.

People who want to complain about aircraft noise and activity may call 907-377-2116 during weekday business hours. After hours and on weekend, calls may be made toll-free to 800-JET-NOIS – that’s 800-538-6647. Complaints also may be made online at

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.