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F-22 Raptor - Operations

After almost three months in the Pacific, ten F-22s departed Kadena Air Base, Japan 10 May 2007 upon completion of the first overseas deployment for the Air Force's newest air supremacy aircraft. The 12 Raptors arrived in February as part of a regularly scheduled US Pacific Command rotational assignment of aircraft to the Pacific. The aircraft and more than 250 Airmen are assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

F-22A Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan on 27 July 2015. Pacific Air Forces Theater Security Package deployments to the Asia-Pacific region signify a continued commitment to regional stability and security, while allowing units to train in the Pacific theater. F-22's routinely deploy throughout the PACOM AOR.

The F-22 deployment to Kadena AB was in support of US Pacific Command's security obligations in the Western Pacific, and the deployed unit performed training under the direction of the 18th Wing at Kadena AB. The United States routinely evaluates readiness and repositions forces as needed to ensure capabilities necessary to meet obligations in the Asia-Pacific region. These deployments demonstrate the continued US commitment to fulfill security responsibilities throughout the Western Pacific and to maintain peace in the region.

After extensive planning and training, elements of the 95th Fighter Squadron, the 44th Fighter Group and more than 200 team Tyndall Air Force Base airmen deployed to Southwest Asia in September 2014. The group conducted combat operations as part of a Theater Security Package. The 325th Fighter Wing trains, equips and maintains combat-ready forces for deployment and employment world-wide.

The six month deployment to Southwest Asia concluded in April 2015 but preparation started months in advance and wrap-up continued. This being Tyndall's first deployment, many processes and systems including an entire squadron needed to be created to ensure mission success.

The 95th Fighter Squadron returned mid-May 2015 after making history completing the first Tyndall and F-22 Raptor combat deployment. "The complete success of our first-ever combat deployment proves once again the Airmen of Team Tyndall get the mission done," said Col. Derek C. France, 325th Fighter Wing commander. "We're really proud of everyone that went downrange and very happy to have them back. They did a fantastic job and made Tyndall proud from start to finish."

More than 200 Airmen deployed from the 95th FS, the 325th Operation Support Squadron, the 325th Maintenance Squadron, the 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and other offices. Six F-22s and approximately 230 short tons of cargo accompanied the Airmen.

On 28 August 2015 four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 Airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and US services through mid-September. This first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe was funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, and provides support to bolster the security of our NATO Allies and partners in Europe. The F-22s had previously deployed to both the Pacific and Southwest Asia.

The F-22s and Airmen are from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. The C-17 is from the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, SC. "This inaugural Raptor training deployment is the perfect opportunity for these advanced aircraft to train alongside other US Air Force aircraft, joint partners, and NATO allies," said General Frank Gorenc, US Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander.

The training would prove that 5th generation fighters can deploy successfully to European bases and other NATO installations while also affording the chance for familiarization flight training within the European theater. It would also give them the chance to conduct combat air training with different aircraft like US F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Two F-22 Raptors and one KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at mari Air Base, Estonia, 05 September 2015. The F-22s and approximately 20 supporting Airmen were from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The KC-135 aircraft is from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England.

This forward deployment of the Raptors was part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe and was funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, which provides support to bolster the security of NATO allies and partners in Europe while demonstrating the US commitment to regional and global security. The F-22s remained at mari for a brief period of time before returning to Spangdahlem to continue their training deployment.

The F-22 deployments to Spangdahlem, Lask and mari prove that European bases and other NATO installations can host 5th generation fighters while also affording the chance for familiarization flight training within the European theater.

This F-22 forward deployment was conducted in coordination with Estonian allies and is a demonstration of a continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability of the region.



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