Red Flag 20-2 kicks off at Nellis AFB to maximize combat readiness, capability, survivability between forces

Red Flag 20-2 Nellis participants
Red Flag 20-2 kicks off at Nellis AFB.

These days the Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, is home to dozens of military planes ready to take over the skies several times a day, this busy traffic signifies Red Flag is back in session March 6-20.

As one of the USAF’s largest combat training exercises, this iteration includes participants from various services, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines as well as U.S. allies from Italy, Germany and Spain.

Red Flag exercises provide mission commanders, maintenance personnel, ground controllers, and air, space and cyber operators the opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios to prepare for future warfare.

“Red Flag allows us to prioritize combat missions, mission commander upgrades and unique experiences that contribute most to readiness and partnering,” said Col. William Reese, 414th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) commander. “This combat training exercise permits us to work with a variety of aircraft from attack, fighter and bomber to reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and Command and Control aircraft as well as ground based Command and Control, Space, and Cyber Forces.”

The mission of the 414th CTS is to maximize the combat readiness, capability and survivability of participating units. This provides realistic, multi-domain training in a combined air, ground, space and electronic threat environment while providing opportunity for a free exchange of ideas between forces.

Red Flag ensures combat air forces are ready to win the nation’s wars and builds partnerships and interoperability among allies and across multiple domains.

“By the end of each Red Flag exercise, we build a winning team through confidence under fire and integrated leadership while cementing our warfighting culture,” said Reese. Our Airmen will remain agile and learn from each other so that we can continue to be prepared and ready for when we meet again in another region in the world. We will continue to Fly safe with sound aircraft-specific tactics, fight as core function teams and win with mutual support as integrated teams.








Source: 57th Wing PA
Images: USAF