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    509th BW and 133rd ARS join international partners for RFA 23-3

    133rd ARS KC-46 refuels 509th BW B-2

    Photo By Senior Airman Andrew Britten | A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Miss, flies...... read more read more

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA, UNITED STATES

    08.18.2023

    Story by Airman 1st Class Andrew Britten 

    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson   

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Throughout the first week of RED FLAG-Alaska 23-3, 20 units based out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base have trained alongside each other. During this particular iteration of the exercise, a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, also took part in the exercise over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex.

    The bomber flew from Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, where a total of three B-2 aircraft are currently carrying out Bomber Task Force Missions. BTF missions are representative of the U.S.' extended deterrent commitment to allies and partners while enhancing regional security. They also familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant command areas of responsibilities to enable strategic access and integration with coalition forces in an effort to deter global conflict.

    The New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 133rd Aerial Refueling Squadron provided AR support to the B-2 following its arrival to the JPARC on Aug. 15. The 133rd ARS operates the KC-46A Pegasus, the USAF’s newest AR platform. This aircraft is capable of providing aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and partner-nation receivers.

    “RF-A 23-3 gives the New Hampshire Air National Guard the opportunity to plan, refuel, and employ the latest tanker missions in a simulated combat training environment,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mike Girouard, senior enlisted leader of the 157th Operations Support Squadron. “Refueling the B-2 with the KC-46 demonstrates how far the KC-46 program has come.”

    Collaboration among the United States, arctic allies and international partners is grounded in mutual values, the safeguarding of defense, and regional safety and security. Exercises like RF-A strengthen interoperability with international allies as well as interservice teammates

    As the last RED FLAG-Alaska iteration of the 2023 calendar year, participants include the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Air Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force. Units from the Japan Air Self Defense Forces, Republic of Korea Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Royal Air Force, and NATO have also participated in past iterations of this year’s exercise.

    RED FLAG-Alaska stands as a testament to the collective strength embedded within international partnerships. Through synchronized efforts and a fervent dedication to honing tactics and procedures, this exercise sets a steadfast course toward ensuring prosperous air and space endeavors for years to come.

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    Date Taken: 08.18.2023
    Date Posted: 08.18.2023 20:34
    Story ID: 451710
    Location: JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA, US

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