Air Force to save $3.5 million

Apr 02, 2013 -- 9:30am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Air Force says a decision to cancel this month's Red Flag Alaska military exercises will save about $3.5 million. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender says that figure is the average cost for the two-week military exercises based out of Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Anchorage. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says it has not yet been determined if the next Red Flag Alaska exercise scheduled for August will be canceled because of government-wide budget cuts that began in March. A large Red Flag Alaska exercise last summer cost between $15 million and $20 million and involved more than 2,500 people and 1,000 aircraft. This month's exercise would have been an average-sized event.

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