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.