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SecAF beholds Alaska airpower during visit, emphasizes Arctic’s importance to national security

While at Eielson AFB, Barrett got an in-depth look at the 353rd Combat Training Squadron and 18th Aggressor Squadron missions and their roles for Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise Red Flag-Alaska. She toured a portion of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which provides 77,000 square miles of airspace for pilots to train in during the exercise.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Russell Reese, the 354th Range Squadron commander, briefs Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett on the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC) during her visit to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 7, 2020. Reese briefed Barrett on the 354th Range Squadron’s mission which is dedicated to modernizing the JPARC infrastructure to provide necessary training aids to hone warfighter skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky)

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Author: Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky

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