Annual joint military exercise set to start

Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The biggest annual military training exercise in Alaska is set to kick off.

About 5,000 soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors are expected to converge in Alaska for Northern Edge 2008, which begins today.

The largely aerial event is conducted primarily out of Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force bases, the Pacific Alaska Range Complex and in the Gulf of Alaska.

The exercise aims to train cross-service combatants to fight with better coordination and to improve command and communication aspects of combat.

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