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Nellis AFB to host Red Flag 16-3 July 11–29, 2016

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Southern Nevada residents may notice increased military aircraft activity as the Air Force conducts Red Flag 16-3 from July 11 through 29.


Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air, space and cyberforces 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 15,000 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 simulated battlefield, providing combat air forces with the ability to train to fight together in a peacetime environment, and to survive 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 115 aircraft are scheduled to depart Nellis twice a day and 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 with aircraft from:


- 1st Fighter Wing, 27th Fighter Squadron, F-22A, Langley AFB, Virginia.

- 20th Fighter Wing, 79th Fighter Squadron, F-16CJ, Shaw AFB, South Carolina.

- Carrier Air Wing 14, Electronic Attack Squadron-139, EA-18G, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington.

- Carrier Air Wing 14, Electronic Attack Squadron-209, EA-18G, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington

- 2nd Bomb Wing, 96th Bomb Squadron, B-52, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

- 113th Wing, 121st Fighter Squadron, F-16, Andrews AFB, Maryland.

-177th Fighter Wing, 119th Fighter Squadron, F-16, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

- 31st Fighter Wing, 555th Fighter Squadron, F-16, Aviano Air Base, Italy

- 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, F-35B, MCAS Yuma, Arizona.

- 432nd Wing, 42nd Attack Squadron, MQ-9, Creech AFB, Nevada.

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

- 116 ACW, 12 ACCS, E-8, Robins AFB, Georgia.

- 55th Wing, 343rd/38th Reconnaissance Squadron, RC-135V/W, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

- 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 12th Reconnaissance Squadron, RQ-4, Beale AFB, California.

- 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, U-2, Beale AFB, California.

- 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 348th Reconnaissance Squadron, RQ-4, Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota

- 23rd Wing, 41st Rescue Squadron, HH-60, Moody AFB, Georgia.

- 23rd Wing, 55th Rescue Squadron, HH-60, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

- 23rd Wing, 66th Rescue Squadron, HH-60, Nellis AFB, Nevada.

- 23rd Wing, 79th Rescue Squadron, HC-130, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

- 57th Wing, 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron, F-16, Nellis AFB, Nevada.

- 92nd Air Refueling Wing, KC-135, Fairchild AFB, Washington.

- 22nd Air Refueling Wing, KC-135, McConnell AFB, Kansas.

- 437th Airlift Wing, C-17, Charleston, South Carolina.

- 57th Wing, 64th Aggressor Squadron, F-16C, Nellis AFB, Nevada.


Media interested in attending Red Flag Media Day, July 19, must complete and turn in the Media Application form and Ground Rules/Hold Harmless Agreement letter along with a letter of intent to publish from a major media outlet to 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs at Non-U.S. citizens must also turn in the Foreign National Sponsorship worksheet.


All the documents must be provided to the Public Affairs office no later than 12 p.m. Pacific Standard Time June 21, in order to be considered for coverage approval.


If you are unable to open the documents linked here, please email the Public Affairs Office at and the documents will be sent to you directly.


For more information about Red Flag, call the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office at (702) 652- 2750 or visit: 414th Combat Training Squadron “Red Flag”