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Northern Edge military exercises begin next week

Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An annual joint military training exercise will begin next week.

Northern Edge 2003 starts Monday and continues through March 14.

The exercise will be smaller than in some previous years because of various military operations worldwide.

About 1,600 active duty, reserve and guard airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate. The activities will be at military bases, ranges and the port of Valdez.

The military will test its ability to secure and defend a port.

However, because of the reduced scale, there will be no fighter aircraft operations at Elmendorf or Eielson Air Force bases and only limited ground operations outside of Valdez.

The exercise will focus on military peace enforcement operations. It will include live-fire exercises, combat search and rescue, harbor defense and maritime operations.



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