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RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1 kicks off at JBER

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., rises over the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, as part of Red Flag-Alaska, May 3, 2016. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., rises over the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, as part of Red Flag-Alaska, May 3, 2016. Red Flag-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as part of Red Flag-Alaska, May 3, 2016. The F-15 is deployed to JBER for Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as part of Red Flag-Alaska, May 3, 2016. The F-15 is deployed to JBER for Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., taxis for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. The fighter is deployed to JBER as part of  Red Flag-Alaska, a  Pacific Air Forces 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., taxis for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. The fighter is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., taxis for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. The fighter is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., taxis for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. The fighter is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Senior Airman Oscar Mares, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 crew chief, salutes an F-15 Eagle pilot as he taxis for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. Mares is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Senior Airman Oscar Mares, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 crew chief, salutes an F-15 Eagle pilot as he taxis for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. Mares is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., queue for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. The Fighter is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., queue for departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. The Fighter is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 crew chief, from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., signals an F-15 Eagle pilot while preparing departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. Hamilton is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-15 crew chief, from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., signals an F-15 Eagle pilot while preparing departure on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. Hamilton is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an F-15 crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stands at parade rest while his pilot prepares to taxi on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s flightline, May 3, 2016. Hamilton is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an F-15 crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stands at parade rest while his pilot prepares to taxi on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s flightline, May 3, 2016. Hamilton is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an F-15 crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., performs a preliminary flight check, at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. Hamilton is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an F-15 crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., performs a preliminary flight check, at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline, May 3, 2016. Hamilton is deployed to JBER as part of Red Flag-Alaska, a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. and international forces, providing combined offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Javier Alvarez)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an  F-15 Eagle crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stands at parade rest while his pilot prepares to taxi on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's flightline May 3 during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an F-15 Eagle crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stands at parade rest while his pilot prepares to taxi on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's flightline May 3 during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline May 3 as part of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline May 3 as part of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)

A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline May 3 as part of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)
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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., takes off from the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline May 3 as part of RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)

An Air Force F-15 Eagle pilot from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stretches as he settles into the cockpit on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)
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An Air Force F-15 Eagle pilot from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stretches as he settles into the cockpit on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an  F-15 Eagle crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., performs routine checks while his pilot prepares to taxi on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's flightline May 3 during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin Hamilton, an F-15 Eagle crew chief with the 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., performs routine checks while his pilot prepares to taxi on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson's flightline May 3 during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-1. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska --

RED FLAG - Alaska 16-1 kicked off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson May 3. RF-Alaska is a Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercise for U.S. and international forces, which provides joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large-force employment training in a simulated combat environment.