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Cooperative Cope Thunder AEW Stands Up: More than 800 American military personnel and allied forces arrived this week at Eielson AFB, Alaska for the start of Cooperative Cope Thunder 06-03, the Air Force's largest multilateral air combat exercise in the Pacific theater. The exercise will soon be renamed Cooperative Red Flag-Alaska. This year's lead unit is the 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa AB, Japan, with Col. Nelson Cabot taking on the role as 35th Air Expeditionary Wing commander. Maintainers are preparing a variety of aircraft to take on the 68,000 square miles of range space available on the nearby Pacific Alaska Range Complex. Watch this space for updates