Air Force Hosts Red Flag Training Exercises in Alaska

By The Associated Press
POSTED: 12:29 PM AKDT Aug 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:29 AM AKDT Aug 19, 2013 
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -

Members of air forces from Japan and South Korea are participating with U.S. counterparts in military combat training at Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks.

The two-week exercises in the Delta Junction area run through Friday.

Lt. Col. Tom Pagano tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Minor that it's the first time Japanese and South Korea air forces have jointly trained in Alaska or anywhere. Pagano is commander of the 353rd Combat Training Squadron that plans the Red Flag Alaska training exercise.

Two other military exercises scheduled earlier this year in Alaska were canceled because of budget cuts.

Pagano says that seeing two major U. S. allies practicing together is likely to be a highlight of this month's exercises, which began Aug. 9.