Wolf Pack sharpens teeth at RED FLAG-Alaska 19-1

by Staff Sgt. Levi Rowse, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- The Pacific Air Forces-led exercise, Red Flag-Alaska 19-1, which ran from October 8, 2018 to October 19, 2018 has come to a close and Airmen from the 8th Fighter Wing are now better prepared for large-force employments while operating beside joint and international participants.

During this iteration of RF-A, the 8th FW trained and honed their combat skills alongside service members from other units in the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps as well as with international partners from Finland and the Republic of Korea. It was an opportunity for the 8 FW and Republic of Korea Air Force to strengthen bonds.

“I’d hope all of the ROKAF participants have a good chance to build relationships and learn how to communicate with one another, personally I think communication’s the key skill for any combined effort.” Said Capt. Jeahyun Park, a Republic of Korea Air Force pilot.

RF-A is conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) with air operations flown primarily out of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

The JPARC airspace covers more than 67,000 square miles and provides a realistic training environment that allows Airmen to train for full spectrum engagements, ranging from individual skills to complex, large-scale joint engagements. The JPARC is the largest instrumented air, ground and electronic combat training range in the world.

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