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Air Force cancels Red Flag-Alaska training

Mar. 27, 2013 - 07:26PM   |  
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John Amidon holds up a model of a drone while protesting outside Creech Air Force Base on March 27 in Indian Springs, Nev. (Julie Jacobson / The Associated Press)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Air Force is canceling its flight training exercise scheduled for April in Alaska.

An announcement from Pacific Air Forces says Red Flag-Alaska is being set aside because of budgetary concerns.

The training exercise traditionally takes place at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, and use the Joint Pacific Alaskan Range Complex for training.

Next month’s training was to have included aircraft and crews from Canada and the United Kingdom. The Air Force says they will still offer use of the range to them.

Pacific Air Forces officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman in Hawaii say they are trying to reduce the effect of sequestration on other training exercises.

Spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender says planning continues for another Red Flag training exercise in Alaska in August.

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