151st Air Refueling Wing Supports

Alaska's Northern Edge Exercise

 

Written by Lt. Col. Kurt Davis

Published August 1, 2006

 

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A Utah Air National Guard KC-135 refuels an F-15 during the Northern Edge exercise in Alaska June 6.

Photo by Master Sgt. Jason Blood

A Utah Air National Guard KC-135 refuels an F-15

during the Northern Edge exercise in Alaska June 6.

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — The 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, returned June 17 after two weeks participating in Northern Edge 2006, the largest military training exercise in Alaska.

This year’s exercise had more than 5,000 U.S. active-duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines participating.  This air-centric exercise sponsored by Alaskan Command involved more than 110 Air Force, Navy and Marine aircraft and two Navy destroyers. 

It was conducted mainly from Elmendorf  and Eielson Air Force Bases, Alaska, and above central Alaska military training ranges and the Gulf of Alaska.  The exercise helped prepare forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region by practicing operations, techniques and procedures; by improving command, control, and communication relationships; and by developing interoperable plans and programs.

Dozens of aircraft from active-duty, Guard and Reserve units fill the tarmac at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in support of Northern Edge.

Photo by Master Sgt. Jason Blood

Dozens of aircraft from active-duty, Guard and Reserve units fill the tarmac at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in support of Northern Edge.

Participants practiced in defensive counter air, close air support, air interdiction of maritime targets, and personnel recovery missions.

"Northern Edge 2006 will prepare us for worldwide deployment, and enables real-world proficiency in detection and tracking units at sea, in the air, and on land in response to multiple crisis situations," said Col. John Marselus, ALCOM's Joint Exercise Division chief. 

The 151st deployed two KC-135R aircraft and approximately 45 Airmen to support the exercise.

Visit this link for more information on Northern Edge:

http://aimpoints.hq.af.mil/display.cfm?id=12053