GOA Admin

Title 10 of the United States (U.S.) Code directs each of the military services to organize, train, and equip forces for combat so they are capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom. To achieve this level of readiness, the U.S. military must have access to airspace, land, and seaspace where they can develop and maintain skills for wartime missions and conduct research, development, test, and evaluation of weapons systems. As such, appropriate airspace, land, and seaspace must be maintained and enhanced to accommodate necessary training activities in support of national security objectives. The size, location, and environment of the Alaska Training Areas (ATA) provide unparalleled and essential training opportunities. The training conducted here ensures U.S. Department of the Navy (Navy) personnel can successfully protect the United States and keep its interests safe. While conducting this training, the Navy is committed to protecting the land, air, and marine environments.

Recent world events have placed the U.S. military on heightened alert in the defense of the United States and allied nations. At this time, the U.S. military is actively engaged in anti-terrorism efforts around the globe.

Realistic training is the single greatest asset the U.S. military has in preparing and protecting its personnel, as it ensures service members maintain the highest level of readiness and capability. Defending the United States and protecting service members requires continuous and realistic training in the air, on land, and at sea. Realistic training requires access to areas and environments that closely match the locations where the military may face combat or complex situations. Comprehensive training is required to prepare for real-life combat situations and to provide maximum protection to service members who go into harm’s way. Furthermore, diverse training ensures personnel are able to react swiftly and decisively to a wide range of potential situations, from combat to civilian evacuations and humanitarian and disaster relief.

The ATA has a unique combination of attributes that makes it an ideal training venue for the Navy. Among these attributes are the location, area of training space, and oceanographic conditions. Within the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), the Navy routinely trains in the Temporary Maritime Activities Area to prepare its Sailors to defend the nation.

The location and size of the various training areas allow the Navy to train with other U.S. Armed Forces, including the Air Force, Army, and Coast Guard, in “joint,” or multi-service, training activities. These joint exercises provide service members with the opportunity to practice realistic training scenarios using complex skills required in real-life combat. The air, land, and sea spaces in and around the GOA provide a realistic training environment for the men and women in uniform.

Naval forces must be ready for a variety of military operations—from large-scale conflict to maritime security to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a variety of climatic conditions—to be able to respond to the dynamic social, political, economic, and environmental issues that occur in today’s world. The United States Navy supports a wide range of activities while maintaining continuous presence on the world’s oceans.

To learn the necessary skills, service members must train with the equipment and systems that will achieve military objectives. The training process provides service members with an in-depth understanding of their individual limits and capabilities.

Military readiness training activities must be as realistic as possible to provide the experiences necessary for success and survival. Navy range complexes and operating areas in Alaska have these realistic environments, with sufficient sea and airspace that are vital for safety and mission success.