F-16 Fighting Falcon News

New F-16 aggressor unit will stand up in Alaska

July 31, 2006 (by AFPN) - The Air Force will activate the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and equip them with F-16 Block 30s.

An F-16 from the 64th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., in a unique paint scheme to match their role as simulated enemy MiG aircraft.

The mission of the 18th AS will be to provide realistic combat adversary training in air, space and information operations. Aggressor squadrons use enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures to give a realistic simulation of air combat.

The unit will stand up with 18 block 30 F-16 Fighting Falcons and later will expand to 24 fighter aircraft. The squadron will be ready to provide aggressor training for Red Flag - Alaska exercises in Spring 2007. The squadron also will support training and exercises throughout the Pacific region and additional requirements of the 57th Aggressor Tactics Group at Nellis AFB, Nev.

The designation of the 18th for this aggressor squadron continues its long history in the Pacific.

Courtesy of the Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public Affairs