Annual military drills are important to keep the armed forces on toe. Sudden war situation can shock the resting military and indirectly contributes to defeat. Around 200 military aircrafts gathered around Alaska to conduct an annual training exercise. The Gulf of Alaska is expected to witness full-scale naval exercises under the banner of Northern Edge 2015.
All four branches of the military have sent around 6,000 members for the purpose. Command leaders based in Alaska will coordinate the drill by U.S. Pacific Command exercise. Lt. Colonel Tim Bobinsky informed that the tests are just regular moves to evaluate the preparedness and it’s not a reaction to any military tension. He is also leading the exercise.
The exercise is expected to be conducted once every two year but Northern Edge is happening for the first time since 2011. The 2013 Northern Edge was cancelled due to the government shutdown. A huge open area in the Alaska offers good training space to the military. The air force can conduct many drills due to 12,950 square kilometers open air space.
Alaska is one of the largest states in the country with low population density which allows military to conduct mission known to be impossible to conduct at other places. All sailors, soldiers and airmen can be easily accommodated in the Alaska. In any other state you can’t host three navy destroyers and a submarine at a same time without controversy.
The military exercise recently became subject of controversy in the US when Texas governor accused government for planning annexation of the state.