Air Force joint terminal attack controllers worked
with more than 500 Army soldiers to find and destroy targets during Red
Flag-Alaska 16-2. The JTACs called in air support from A-10s, F16s, and
F/A-18s flying overhead during live-fire scenarios between June 8-10 at
the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, according to a 354th Fighter Wing release.
SSgt. Jacob Rinker, a JTAC with the 13th Air Special Operations
Squadron at Fort Carson, Colo., said the training, involving air-to-air
and air-to-ground integration, “ties into exactly how we would operate
against [ISIS],” according to the release. He said lessons learned would
be passed on to deploying forces. About 100 aircraft took part in Red Flag-Alaska 16-1 at JB Elmendorf-Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base in May.
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