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A U-2 Dragon Lady takes off during exercise Northern Edge 17, May 8, 2017. The U-2 is participating for the first time in Northern Edge, the joint training exercise is focused on interoperability and hosting approximately 6,000 service members, 200 fixed wing aircraft and provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard with critical training. U-2 makes first appearance during Northern Edge 17
Looking across the flightline at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during previous Northern Edge exercises you would have seen a mass of gray and white aircraft, but this year the distinctly black U-2S Dragon Lady from Beale Air Force Base, California, made its presence known for the first time at Northern Edge, and showcased the unique capabilities it can bring to the joint fight.
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Live, virtual and constructive (LVC) participants from various U.S. military branches are tracked by the 353rd Combat Training Squadron as assets move into place in preparation for an Exercise Northern Edge scenario June 25, 2015. The LVC system enables live participants like this U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon deployed to Alaska to directly engage and interact with virtual aviators operating from home station simulators, and contructive computer-generated forces to provide more robust training scenarios. Northern Edge 2015 is Alaska's premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, tactics, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among thousands of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and National Guard units. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik/Released) Innovative system revolutionizes NE15 battlespace, maximizes training capability
High in the skies over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex from June 11-26 viewers might see multiple contrails circling each other in close proximity - these contrails are a glimpse into some of the live action in Northern Edge 2015, the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year. What most people won't see are the dozens
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