Red Flag-Alaska 22: The Pilot's Perspective

Kedar Kamarkar visits Eielson AFB to speak to the airmen involved in the first Red Flag-Alaska of 2022

Let us talk soccer. First, create a team made up of players with different skills and experience levels from different clubs. Next, increase that team by more than the usual 11 players while expanding the size of the soccer field. Then have them compete with an opposing team with an overwhelming number of players. What do you think will happen? Initially, there will be some confusion before cohesiveness from the players kicks in and they start to perform as one team, achieving effectiveness and, ultimately, success.

Typical scene at Red Flag-Alaska at Eielson AFB – Two F-15C Eagles from 67th FS taxi behind two RCAF CF-18A Hornets. Clockwise in the image from top left are KC-135Rs from the 168th AR,  E/A-18G Growlers of VAQ-209, F-35B Lightning IIs of VMFA-122, CF-18A Hornets of 401 Sqn RCAF, F-15C Eagles of 67th FS, and F-35B of VMFA-242.
Typical scene at Red Flag-Alaska at Eielson AFB – Two F-15C Eagles from 67th FS taxi behind two RCAF CF-18A Hornets. Clockwise in the image from top left are KC-135Rs from the 168th AR, E/A-18G Growlers of VAQ-209, F-35B Lightning IIs of VMFA-122, CF-18A Hornets of 401 Sqn RCAF, F-15C Eagles of 67th FS, and F-35B of VMFA-242. All Images Kedar Karmarkar unless stated

This is the intent of multinational air combat exercise Red Flag-Alaska 2022-01, which took place between April 28 and May 13 at Eielson Air Force Base (AFB) near Fairbanks and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) near Anchorage.

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