Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) attended yesterday a Red Flag Exercise, the premier air-to-air and air-to-ground combat exercise series conducted by the U.S. Air Force, at Nellis Air Force Base. The Red Flag exercises are an opportunity for airmen and women from all branches of the U.S. military to train on the largest open training range in the country, ensure they can defend our nation at a moment’s notice and return home safely. Many of the Red Flag exercises also give American military personnel the opportunity to build and maintain relationships with foreign partners.
“Military readiness is invaluable to our national security, and I’m proud to support our Armed Forces to ensure they are well-prepared for combat. Red Flag exercises not only prepare members of our military by providing realistic training, they also give them the opportunity to build relationships with our foreign allies by allowing foreign partners to participate in training exercises. Our military leaders play a crucial role in reinforcing our country’s diplomatic efforts through the credible threat of US military action. It is crucial that we provide them with the support and resources they need. I am proud to have joined my Senate colleagues to celebrate the dedicated men and women who protect our country right here in the Great State of Nevada.”
U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Mike Enzi (R-WY) also attended yesterdays’ Red Flag Exercise. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Gen. Mike Holmes, Commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis joined senators on the trip to demonstrate how the Air Force uses the resources provided by Congress to prepare for future combat missions.