Home : Media : News : News Article View

Prepping the Battlespace for RED FLAG-Alaska

By Senior Airman Isaac Johnson | 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | Aug. 13, 2019

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- To most people Interior Alaska is known for its extreme temperatures, thick evergreen forests, and hunting and fishing seasons. But within the Department of Defense, Interior Alaska is also known as the home of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, the largest U.S. military training range in the world and one of the main reasons both U.S. and international units complete an annual expedition to Alaska.

Spanning more than 67,000 square miles of airspace—roughly the size of Florida—the JPARC serves as the playing field for RED FLAG-Alaska exercises, during which Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines are able to train virtually uninterrupted and unrestricted. With a training space that expansive, it’s hard to imagine most operations in the JPARC are managed by a small detachment of personnel operating out of Eielson AFB.

“We manage the entire range in Alaska,” said Christopher Dawkins, 354th Operations Group, Detachment 4 range engineer. “Our goal is to make sure units get the most out of their experience as possible. Part of allowing that to happen is making sure everyone is safe and accounted for whenever they are on the range.”

While the term JPARC refers to the massive airspace, the soil beneath it is a ground training range owned by the U.S. Army. Combining the air and land territories allows for some of the most comprehensive, realistic training scenarios in the world, most of which are facilitated by the detachment.

“We make sure that whoever is flying has what they require to be successful, whether they need to get on the schedule and de-conflict with other units, drop ordnance on the range or need threat emitters to fly against,” said Lt. Col. Russell Reese, 354th OG, Det. 4 commander.

According to Reese, the detachment also serves as the liaison between flying units and the Army to allow aircrews more time to focus on their training mission.

In addition to managing the physical aspects of the range and its systems, Det. 4 personnel have another critical role in the exercise: they provide the play-by-play after each scenario.

“From the emitters on the ground, remote sites and information gathered from aircraft we are able to paint a picture that we can then bring to operations allowing for better training,” Dawkins said.

Looking toward the future, among the top priorities for the detachment is the continued modernization of the JPARC. Seeing those plans through guarantees that Alaska will remain a one-of-a-kind resource in the DOD for the foreseeable future.

|
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
275,098
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Guam Hosts Partner Nations in Exercise SEA DRAGON 2021
A P8-A Poseidon aircraft attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 arrives in Guam for exercise Sea Dragon 2021. Sea Dragon is an annual multi-lateral anti-submarine warfare exercise that improves the interoperability elements required to effectively and cohesively respond to the defense of a regional contingency in the Indo-Pacific, while continuing to build and strengthen relationships held between nations.
Jan. 12, 2021 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, GUAM -- Two P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron 5 (VP-5), the “Mad

USS William P. Lawrence Returns from U.S. 4th Fleet Deployment
In this file photo, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), front, transits in formation with the Brazilian training ship BNS Brasil (U 27), during a passing exercise (PASSEX), Dec. 15, 2020. William P. Lawrence is deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
Jan. 12, 2021 - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG

United States and Philippines Commission Zoonotic Disease Laboratory in Tuguegarao
Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Dr. William Medrano, Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry Dr. Ronnie Domingo, and U.S. Embassy staff participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Tuguegarao City
Jan. 12, 2021 - MANILA, Philippines -- The U.S. Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction program of the

The Republic of Nauru Commits to Joining Clean 5G Network
The Defense Department is expanding the number of locations where it will evaluate 5G technology
Jan. 12, 2021 - SUVA -- The United States Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu and Tonga, Joseph Cella

HeRO Team: Supporting Healthy Habits
The 15th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s Health, and Readiness Optimization Team meets during COVID-19 to plan health initiatives for Airmen at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 4, 2020. The HeRO Team is part of an Air Force-wide Health Promotion program that uses data to target negative health habits in squadrons and combat them.
Jan. 11, 2021 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --The Air Force Health, Readiness, and Optimism program, or