JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Maintainers with the 62d Airlift Wing, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, are vital to the success of C-17 Globemaster III operations during Exercise RED-FLAG, Alaska 23-1 and Exercise Rainier War 22B.

RED FLAG-Alaska is a series of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed field training exercises for U.S. forces, providing joint offensive counter-air, interdiction, close air support, and large force employment training in a simulated combat environment.

Exercise Rainier War is a full-scale readiness exercise with an Force Generation prioritization; demonstrating the ability to generate, employ and sustain a combat force during a rigorous wartime scenario.

“We’re up here in Alaska working in different conditions to learn about the types of unique training required for future deployments,” said Tech. Sgt. Chase Gautschi, 62d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-17 Globemaster III flying crew chief. “We are practicing how to get aircraft ready for flights, how to ensure we support the aircrew and also how to integrate with other maintenance units, as well as other airframes and countries.”