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

Jul 27, 2017

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

The 65,000-acre Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex stretches from the Canadian border into the southwestern portion of the state. It also includes another 44,000 square miles in the Gulf of Alaska.
Credit Pacific Air Forces

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