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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