Exercise Northern Edge Tests Joint Warfighting in Alaska

An F-15EX assigned to the 53rd Wing takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in support of exercise Northern Edge 2021, May 4, 2021. Approximately 15,000 U.S. service members are participating in the joint training exercise hosted by Pacific Air Forces, May 3-14, on and above the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, the Gulf of Alaska, and temporary maritime activities area. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Savanah Bray)

Exercise Northern Edge 21 is taking place between 3-14 May at various military sites around Alaska.

It is a biennial exercise and involves around 15,000 personnel not only from the US Air Force, but also from the US Army, US Navy and US Marine Corps.

Sponsored by Indo-Pacific Command, it is designed to test and train the participants in a variety of skills including joint all-domain command and control, and all-domain operations and agile combat employment.

The focus is on joint interoperability and is structured to develop combat readiness.

The picture shows an Boeing F-15EX assigned to the 53rd Wing taking off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, on 4 May, 2021. (Photo: U.S. Air Force).

by Andrew Drwiega