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Red Flag underway at Nellis AFB

The first Red Flag exercises of 2016 are underway at Nellis Air Force base.

Around 2,400 military personnel from three countries are coming together to perform realistic red on blue attacker-defender training.

It's exercises which military leaders say will prepare them for real world combat missions and is a program which has already proven a success.

"A few years ago when we had operations conducted in Libya, we had feedback from some of our Navy participants and they came back and told us that Libya was a piece of cake based of the experience that they had here at Red Flag," said Lt. Col. Kevin Gordon, 414th Combat Training Squadron.

While also creating camaraderie and communication among U.S. troops and its allies.

"It gives me a really good opportunity to say hey, instead of me working with this random Australian, it's hey, I am working with Maddie and I trust this guy. So it's been really great bringing that coalition together," said First Lt. Emily LeBeau, 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron.

Nellis Air Force Base will host a total of four Red Flag trainings this year which costs about $35 million.