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Photo essay: Red Flag trains combat air forces

An F-16E from the United Arab Emirates lands after a training mission during Red Flag Aug. 26, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag, a realistic two-week air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas.  The exercise ends Sept. 4. (U. S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

An F-16E from the United Arab Emirates lands after a training mission during Red Flag Aug. 26, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag, a realistic two-week air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas. The exercise ends Sept. 4. (U. S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

An F-16E from the United Arab Emirates takes off for a training mission during Red Flag Aug. 26, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag, a realistic two-week air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas.  The exercise ends Sept. 4. (U. S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

An F-16E from the United Arab Emirates takes off for a training mission during Red Flag Aug. 26, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag, a realistic two-week air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas. The exercise ends Sept. 4. (U. S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

An F-16E from the United Arab Emirates takes off for a training mission during Red Flag 09-5 Aug. 26, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag. (U. S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

An F-16E from the United Arab Emirates takes off for a training mission during Red Flag 09-5 Aug. 26, 2009, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag. (U. S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE Nev.-- An F-16E from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates takes off for a training mission during Red Flag 09-5 Aug. 26.  This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag--a realistic air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas. The two-week exercise is administered through the 414th Combat Training Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base and is just one in a series of advanced training programs offered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines Corps units from Nevada, Massachusetts, Utah, Louisiana, California, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida and Kansas; as well as allied forces from Italy are participating in Red Flag 09-5.  The exercise ends Sept. 4. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE Nev.-- A United Arab Emirates F-16E from the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport takes off for a training mission during Red Flag 09-5 Aug. 26. This is the first time the nation has participated in Red Flag--a realistic air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas. The two-week exercise is administered through the 414th Combat Training Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base and is just one in a series of advanced training programs offered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. In addition to the United Arab Emirates, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines Corps units from Nevada, Massachusetts, Utah, Louisiana, California, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida and Kansas; as well as allied forces from Italy are participating in Red Flag 09-5. The exercise ended Sept. 4. (U. S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Units from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines Corps participate in training missions for Red Flag 09-5 along with allied forces from Italy and the United Arab Emirates Aug. 26, 2009 here. This is the first time the United Arab Emirates has participated in Red Flag, a realistic two-week air combat training exercise conducted over the 15,000-square-mile Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas. The exercise is administered through the 414th Combat Training Squadron here and is just one in a series of advanced training programs offered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. The exercise ended Sept. 4.