Alaska Goes Large for Northern Edge

US Alaska Command launched Exercise Northern Edge last week, bringing some 200 joint-service aircraft and 6,000 military personnel together for a large-scale Pacific defense scenario. “The objective is to make sure our air combat forces are ready as a joint team and to be able to execute real world operations anywhere in the Pacific,” Col. Charles Corcoran, 3rd Wing commander at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, said in a release. “Northern Edge is the premier combat exercise for joint forces … anywhere in the world,” he added. “Alaska has some unique capabilities that you just can’t find anywhere else.” Air Force combat aircraft participating include Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve F-22s, F-15Cs, F-15Es, F-16s, and E-3 AWACS, as well as airlift and tanker support assets staging from Elmendorf and Eielson AFB, Alaska. The exercise runs June 11-26.