Aircraft have been arriving all week at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in advance of the the military exercise known as Northern Edge 2019, May 13 through May 24, which brings thousands of military personnel through Alaska.
Northern Edge is a joint training exercise hosted by U.S. Pacific Air Forces on and above central Alaska ranges and the Gulf of Alaska, designed to sharpen participants’ tactical combat skills, improve command, control, and communication relationships, and develop plans and programs that are integrated across the joint forces.
Personnel from U.S. military units stationed in the Lower 48 and from U.S. installations in the Indo-Pacific will participate with approximately 250 aircraft from all services and five Navy ships.
For the first time in 10 years, a Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier will be participating in the exercise in the Gulf of Alaska.
Major participating units include: U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Materiel Command, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Naval Reserve.
NE19 is the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year with virtual and live participants from all over the United States exercising alongside live players.