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Red Flag 12-4 to be held July 16-27

Posted 7/3/2012   Updated 7/3/2012 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 150612

7/3/2012 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Southern Nevada residents may notice increased military aircraft activity as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 12-4 from July 16-27, 2012.

Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is organized at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and hosted north of Las Vegas on the Nevada Test and Training Range--the U.S. Air Force's premier military training area with more than 12,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land. With 1,900 possible targets, realistic threat systems and an opposing enemy force that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, Nellis and the NTTR are the home of a "peacetime battlefield," providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together, survive together and win together.

The 414th Combat Training Squadron is responsible for executing Red Flag and this exercise is just one of a series of advanced training programs administered at Nellis and on the NTTR by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

More than 70 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day, around midday and again in the evening. Aircraft may remain in the air for up to eight hours. The flying times are scheduled to accommodate the other flying missions at Nellis and provide Red Flag participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-variety of combat missions.

The exercise will include the following U.S. forces and aircraft:

--- 48th Fighter Wing, 493rd Fighter Squadron F-15Cs, from Royal Air Force base Lakenheath, United Kingdom

--- 388th Fighter Wing, 421st Fighter Squadron F-16 CMs, from Hill AFB, Utah

--- 23rd Wing, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10Cs from Moody AFB, Ga.

--- 28th Bomb Wing, 34th Bomber Squadron B-1Bs, from Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

--- Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 EA-6Bs from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.

--- U.S. Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 209 EA-6Bs from Joint Base Andrews, Md.

--- 53rd Wing, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron F-16CJs from Nellis AFB, Nev.

--- 53rd Wing, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-16CJs from Nellis AFB, Nev.

--- 552nd Air Control Wing, 964th Air Control Squadron E-3s from Tinker AFB, Okla.

--- 432nd Wing, 15th Reconnaissance Squadron RQ-1s from Creech AFB, Nev.

--- 92nd Air Refueling Wing, 93rd and 92nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135s from Fairchild AFB, Wash.

In addition to U.S. aircraft, the United Arab Emirates, flying F-16s, and the Air Force of the Republic of Colombia, flying KFIRs, will participate.

Media interested in covering Red Flag 12-4 must complete and turn in the Media Application form and Ground Rules/Hold Harmless Agreement letter (both linked to this document) along with a letter of intent to publish from a major media outlet to the Nellis Public Affairs Office at Media must provide all three documents by 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time June 29, 2012, in order to be considered for coverage approval. The Media Day is scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

For more information about Red Flag, call the Nellis Public Affairs Office at (702) 652-2750.  (If you are unable to open the two documents linked here, please email the Public Affairs Office at and the two documents will be sent to you directly.)

7/26/2012 4:13:55 AM ET
I watched the Kfirs flying operations in and out of Davis-Monthan before heading to Nellis. They were here for about 2 Weeks and a nice sight to see.
Mike Mendez, Tucson
7/16/2012 2:50:49 PM ET
I work close to Nellis and would love to go out and watch all of the planes take off in bulk. Does Nellis announce flight times so you can watch the planes taking off during Red Flag
Shane, Las Vegas
7/14/2012 11:21:30 PM ET
Thanks for the hosts for the hospitality with our pilots and airplanes. I hope this exercise will be very productive and full of experiences and new combat tactics in order to grow the capabilities of our air force.I agree with Jorge and Michael please show as many photos of the exercises as you can.
Jose Trigos, Bogot Colombia
7/13/2012 6:22:21 PM ET
Why is there always so much noise BEFORE an exercise I am tired of my sleep being interupted constantly. I can understand noise DURING a RedGreen Flag but beforehand too Please stop w the constant noise. It sounds like I live in war zone
anybody, hades
7/10/2012 7:24:46 PM ET
Please show us many photos from 12-4 exercise thanks
Jorge Fonseca B, Bogota Colombia
7/6/2012 8:00:36 PM ET
Can't wait to see some great photos from this exercise
Michael Holzworth, Hawaii
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