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RF-A 16-3 provides realistic combat training

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dual-role fighter aircraft assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., taxis to the equipment test cell prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. Free exchange of ideas between multilateral forces during RF-A enhances not just partners and sister-service relationships, but also their operational efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dual-role fighter aircraft assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., taxis to the equipment test cell prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. Free exchange of ideas between multilateral forces during RF-A enhances not just partners and sister-service relationships, but also their operational efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., marshals a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dual-role fighter aircraft into the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment work properly prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A enables joint and international maintenance units to sharpen their skills by preparing jets to fly simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., marshals a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle dual-role fighter aircraft into the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment work properly prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. RF-A enables joint and international maintenance units to sharpen their skills by preparing jets to fly simulated combat sorties in a realistic threat environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., marshals fighter jets through the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment operate properly prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A provides realistic combat training essential to the success of air and space operations while providing unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., marshals fighter jets through the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment operate properly prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. RF-A provides realistic combat training essential to the success of air and space operations while providing unique opportunities to integrate various forces into joint, coalition and multilateral training from simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taxi into the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment work properly for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. RF-A is conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides more than 67,000 square miles of airspace, including one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing 510 different types of targets and 45 threat simulators, both manned and unmanned. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, taxi into the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment work properly for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. RF-A is conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides more than 67,000 square miles of airspace, including one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing 510 different types of targets and 45 threat simulators, both manned and unmanned. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Kelley, an avionics technician assigned to the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, operates equipment in the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment on fighter jets work properly for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. By working along side other Airmen, even though they are from different bases in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, avionics technicians sharpen their combat skills by working in the exercise, which is aimed at creating a realistic threat environment at simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Kelley, an avionics technician assigned to the 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, operates equipment in the test cell to ensure weapons and electronic warfare equipment on fighter jets work properly for a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. By working along side other Airmen, even though they are from different bases in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, avionics technicians sharpen their combat skills by working in the exercise, which is aimed at creating a realistic threat environment at simulated forward operating bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Glatther, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), N.C., salutes Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., from the cockpit, after the equipment on his jet passed inspection in the test cell prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 15, 2016, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3. Free exchange of ideas between multilateral forces during RF-A enhances not just partners and sister-service relationships, but also their operational efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Glatther, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), N.C., salutes Airman 1st Class Nicholas Proia, an avionics technician assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron from Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., from the cockpit, prior to a sortie at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. Free exchange of ideas between multilateral forces during RF-A enhances not just partners and sister-service relationships, but also their operational efficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- U.S. Air Force aircraft perform sorties at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, during RED FLAG-Alaska (RF-A) 16-3, Aug. 15, 2016. RF-A is conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides more than 67,000 square miles of airspace, including one conventional bombing range and two tactical bombing ranges containing 510 different types of targets and 45 threat simulators, both manned and unmanned.