RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The U.S. Air Force deployed F-15s from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland, Oregon, and the 104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Massachusetts, to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Nearly 260 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing deployed with the aircraft as the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. Approximately 40 Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the 123rd EFS for this mission.
Since 2015 the U.S. Air Force schedules and deploys force packages of fighters and tankers throughout the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. TSP deployments to Europe vary in length and are supported with total force aircraft and Airmen from stateside units.
Once in theater, the aircraft will forward deploy to multiple locations throughout the theater, participating in exercises and training with our allies and partners. This highlights the United States’ ability to deploy fighter aircraft to support our partners and allies in the European theater, and around the world.
The 123rd EFS will conduct training missions from Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., and Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will participate in Frisian Flag 2018, a Royal Netherlands Air Force-led exercise.
The TSP supports Operation Atlantic Resolve, and is funded by the European Deterrence Initiative. Activities funded through EDI increase the capability and readiness of U.S. forces, allowing for a faster response in the event of any aggression by a regional adversary against NATO sovereign territory.
Photo By Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins | Members of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) take part in a mobilization ceremony, March 3, 2018, at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Perkins, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs