Nellis scheduled to begin Green Flag West 09-08 July 10

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    Nellis scheduled to begin Green Flag West 09-08 July 10

    7/9/2009 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev -- Southern Nevada and California residents may
    notice increased military aircraft activity as the Air Force begins Green
    Flag West 09-08, July 10.

    Green Flag West, conducted by the 549th Combat Training Squadron here and
    the 12th Combat Training Squadron at Fort Irwin, Calif., provides a
    realistic close-air support training environment for aircrews preparing to
    deploy. Personnel perform air support missions in realistic combat
    scenarios over the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.

    Missions will take place July 12-23, between the times of 3 p.m. to midnight
    every day except Saturdays. The flight path between Nellis AFB, and Fort
    Irwin will include parts of the Northern Las Vegas valley, across Mt.
    Charleston, and north of Pahrump during each mission.

    Squadrons participating in Green Flag West 09-08 include F-16s Fighting
    Falcons, E-3 Sentries, MQ-9 Reapers, MQ-1 Predators and KC-10 Extenders,
    from Shaw AFB, Tinker AFB, Holloman AFB, Creech AFB, California Air National
    Guard, and Travis AFB, respectively.

    During the exercise, participants will work closely with Air Force joint
    terminal attack controllers embedded into the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry
    Division at Fort Irwin. The E-3 Sentry will provide command and control of
    the battle space, as well as functioning as an alternate air support
    operations center.

    Fighter units and theater air control system elements from the Air Force,
    Navy, Marine Corps and allied nations perform close-air support missions at
    the NTC, a training area of almost 1,000 square miles. Similar to Red Flag,
    the realistic simulated combat scenarios provide valuable training on a
    scale not available to units at or near home stations.

    The friendly ground forces pit approximately 400 armored and support
    vehicles and more than 6,000 soldiers against a realistic opposing force in
    a dynamic and unscripted battle exercise intended to replicate the
    conditions found in southwest Asia.

    For more information about Green Flag West 09-08, contact the Nellis Public
    Affairs Office at (702) 652-2750.

    Nellis scheduled to begin Green Flag West 09-08 July 10

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