The US military has begun Northern Edge 2017 (NE17), a joint training exercise in Alaska. The general purpose of this exercise is to prepare joint forces to respond to crises in the Asia-Pacific region. Many participants are involved in this exercise. It includes: airmen, soldiers, sailors, marines and coast guardsmen from active duty, Reserve and National Guard units.
The Alaskan Command-led exercise will see participation from 6,000 service members, 200 fixed-wing aircraft and maritime forces, and several different types of equipment.
The main idea of NE 2017 exercise is to sharpen tactical combat skills, improve command, control and communication relationships. Its goal is also to develop interoperable plans and programmes across the joint force. Because of the tensions in the Asia-Pacific region caused by China expansion and recently North Korea nuclear program, good cooperation between the U.S. and their allies is extremely important.
The exercise will also provide tactical opportunities to integrate fourth and fifth-generation aircraft and F-22s and F-35s flying together.
Author: Daniel Kasprzycki
Photo: A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off during exercise Northern Edge 17 and a F-15 is moving through the airstrip, May 1, 2017. Source: JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton
Sources: Northern Edge 17 Kicks Off, http://www.jber.af.mil; US military begins Northern Edge 2017 joint training exercise, http://www.airforce-technology.com