Nellis AFB Red Flag 16-2

Brandon Sumulong

From February 29 to March 11, Red Flag 16-2 has scheduled to take place at Nellis Air Force Base. During this exercise, their will be an increased noise activity within the area. Every mission will involve with different types of aircraft following their role to accomplish the mission.

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The purpose of this exercise is to train pilots into one of the most simulated combat training. Pilots will learn about aerial tactics and readiness cyber warfare, survival skills, and engage in a realistic training environment. The idea of this exercise is to experience what combat situations are like during a war whether it occurs today or tomorrow. Crew members and allied forces including NATO participate in these exercises. During the exercise, forces are basically divided. Red Air are hostility aircrafts and Blue Air represents friendlies. Red Forces are the 57th Adversary Tactics Group (57th ATG) utilizing F-16s from the 64th Aggressor Squadron and F-15c’s from the 65th Aggressor Squadron. These aircraft are painted in camouflage and stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Red Air has the ability to regenerate and return to battle; they simulate integrated air defense systems (IADS) emulating Soviet aircraft. Blue Forces are tasked to do missions along with other allied forces; they are expected to be fully integrated, determined, and adapted. Pilots spend 12 hours for preparations, mission, and debriefing in multi-threat environments to ensure they will achieve success. Missions are held at the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).