Begich says military plans Alaska training

May 05, 2013 -- 11:00am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Military exercises that bring thousands of personnel to interior Alaska were cancelled for budget reasons this year but U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says a smaller version could take place in late summer.  Begich tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that he's "fairly certain" a Red Flag Alaska training mission could take place at Eielson Air Force Base with four countries participating. Begich says he's optimistic the training session will take place based on conversations with Alaska Command Air Force Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog. A spring version of Red Flag Alaska was cancelled, as was Northern Edge, a multi-branch summer exercise. Begich says the smaller Red Flag Alaska is scheduled for August and likely will include units from South Korea and the Philippines.

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