HomeNewsArticle Display

D.C. Air National Guard's 113th Wing deploys for "RED FLAG-Alaska"

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, takes off from the flight line April 27, 2015 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, takes off from the flight line April 27, 2015 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works inside the intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works inside the intake of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sharone Gray, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works inside the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sharone Gray, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works inside the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, looks through technical orders for an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, looks through technical orders for an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andrew Limke, a 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard crew chief, works on an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, April 27, 2015. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, takes off from the flight line April 27, 2015 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, takes off from the flight line April 27, 2015 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The unit is preparing to participate in RED FLAG-Alaska 15-2 large-force employment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Nearly 200 Airmen and 10 Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcons from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, recently deployed to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, which is located 25 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska, in support of exercise Red Flag-Alaska.

Red Flag-Alaska, which runs from April 30 to May 17, is a multi-national, air combat training exercises involving multiple units whose military mission sets differ significantly from that of other participating units.

"Taking part in Red Flag-Alaska is about training in realistic environments under realistic circumstances," said Brig. Gen. George M. Degnon, 113th Wing commander. Red Flag ensures our 'Capital Guardians' maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness for protecting our nation's Capital and their world-wide assignments."

All Red Flag-Alaska exercises take place in the Joint Pacific Range Complex over Alaska as well as a portion of Western Canadian airspace. The entire airspace is made up of extensive Military Operations Areas, Special Use Airspace, and ranges, for a total airspace of more than 67,000 square miles, slightly larger than the size of the state of Florida.

"This is a great opportunity to train with allied nations and experience working with live munitions," said Degnon. "This training simulates the first 10 days of combat in a war."

On average, more than 1,000 people and up to 60 aircraft deploy to Eielson AFB, and an additional 500 people and 40 aircraft deploy to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, located 10 miles northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, for each Red Flag-Alaska exercise. Most participating Red Flag-Alaska units arrive a week prior to the actual exercise. During that time, aircrews may fly one or two range orientation flights, make physical and mental preparations, hone up on local flying restrictions, receive local safety and survival briefings, and work on developing orientation plans.

The 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard,  provides air sovereignty forces to defend the Nation's Capital and also provides fighter, airlift and support forces capable of local, national and global employment.