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Nellis AFB hosts Red Flag 13-3 Feb. 25 to March 15

Posted 1/9/2013   Updated 1/10/2013 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 030113

1/9/2013 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Southern Nevada residents may notice increased military aircraft activity as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 13-3 from Feb. 25 - March 15.

Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. The exercise is 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 AFB 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. The exercise is one out of a series of advanced training programs administered at Nellis AFB and on the NTTR by organizations assigned to the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

More than 125 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis AFB twice a day around noon and again around 6 p.m. Aircraft may remain in the air for up to five hours. Flying times are scheduled to accommodate other flying missions at Nellis AFB and provide Red Flag participants with valuable training in planning and executing a wide-variety of combat missions.

The exercise will include U.S. forces and aircraft from:

- 1st Fighter Wing, 27th Fighter Squadron, F-22As, Langley AFB, Va.

- 57th Wing, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, F-15Cs, Nellis AFB, Nev.

- 53rd WG, 85th TES, F-15Cs, Nellis AFB

- 20th FW, 79th FS, F-16CMs, Shaw AFB, S.C.

- 55th Electronic Group, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, EC-130s, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

- Carrier Air Wing 11, Electronic Attack Squadron 135, EA-18G, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.

- 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, EA-6B, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.

- 509th Bomb Wing, 393rd Bomb Squadron, B-2s, Whiteman AFB, Mo.

- 48th FW, 492nd FS, F-15E, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England

- 114th FW, 175th FS, F-16, Joe Foss Field Air National Guard Station, S.D.

- 116th Air Control Wing, 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron, E-8s, Robins AFB, Ga.

- 55th WG, 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron, RC-135s, Offutt AFB, Neb.

- Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1, EP-3C, NAS Whidbey Island

- Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing, Patrol Squadron 46, P-3C, NAS Whidbey Island

- 23rd WG, 66th Rescue Squadron, HH-60s, Nellis AFB

- 57th WG, 422nd TES, A-10s, Nellis AFB

- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Detachment 1, B Company, 2-149
General Support Aviation Battalion, CH-47s, Texas Army National Guard, Texas

- 23rd WG, 79th RQS, HC-130J, Davis-Monthan AFB

- 6th Air Mobility Wing, Red Flag Tanker Task Force, KC-135s, MacDill AFB, Fla., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

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

- 355th FW, 79th RQS, HC-130J, Davis-Monthan AFB

- 55th Electronic Group, 755th Operations Support Squadron, EC-130s, Davis-Monthan AFB

- 57th WG, 64th Aggressors Squadron, F-16Cs, Nellis AFB

- 57th Wing, 65th AGRS, F-16Cs, Nellis AFB

- 55th Electronic Combat Group, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron, EC-130s, Davis-Monthan AFB

- 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401, F-5s, Marine Air Corps Station, Yuma, Ariz.

- 12th Flying Training Wing, 560th Flying Training Squadron, T-38Cs, Randolph AFB, Texas.

- 49th Wing, 49th OSS, T-38Cs, Holloman AFB, N.M.

- 28th BW, 37th BS, B-1Bs, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

- 7th BW, 9th BS, B-1Bs, Dyess AFB, Texas

In addition to U.S. aircraft, the Royal Australian Air Force, flying E-7s, and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, flying Typhoons and GR-4 Tornados, will participate in Red Flag 13-3.


Media interested in covering the event must complete and turn in the Media Application form and Ground Rules/Hold Harmless Agreement letter, which are both linked to this document along with a letter of intent to publish from a major media outlet to the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office at Media must provide all three documents by 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Feb. 8 in order to be considered for coverage approval. 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. NOTE TO MEDIA: The 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office will hold a Red Flag Media Day Feb. 27 Outlets interested in attending the media day can call (702) 652-2750 to RSVP no later than 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Feb. 8. Media requests submitted after 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Feb. 8 will not be facilitated. All media events are subject to change. The Media Day is scheduled to take place Feb. 27.

For more information about Red Flag, call the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office at (702) 652- 2750.

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