Over in Alaska, Red Flags are described as “commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. forces, provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment.”
The first exercise of this kind to be held there this year, Red Flag Alaska 22-1, kicked off at the beginning of May and involved 2,200 service members and 90 aircraft. These units flock to the main bases for the drills from all over America, but not before being properly-prepped for their mission.
The F-15D Eagle you see here was snapped in this impressive photo just as it was getting ready to depart for the exercise. It is deployed with the 67th Fighter Squadron based at Kadena Air Base in Japan.
Kadena is the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) largest base of operations in East Asia, with some 20,000 people on location. The base was built right after Japan surrendered in 1945 and has been the staging point for operations conducted during most wars in the region.
It’s unclear yet how many Red Flags will take place in the Pacific this year, but as the dust settles on this one, we expect to see an increasing amount of images depicting the war hardware in action there.