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12 Lakenheath F-15s participate in NATO joint exercise

Aug. 18, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off March 6 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
An F-15C Eagle from the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off March 6 from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (Staff Sgt. Emerson Nunez / Air Force)
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Twelve F-15 fighter jets and 180 personnel from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, are participating in a joint exercise with the Bulgarian military, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.

Members from the 493rd will be stationed at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, until Sept. 1.

The two-week exercise is a continuation of the U.S. and NATO’s steadfast commitment to regional security, Warren said.

Rotations are ongoing under Operation Atlantic Resolve, an effort to demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO allies and European partners in the midst of Russia’s repeated aggression toward Ukraine.

In March, 12 NATO member and partner nations — including Ukraine — participated in multinational military drills, dubbed Saber Guardian, at Novo Selo training base, northeast of Graf Ignatievo Air Base.

Meanwhile, approximately 75 airmen and two C-130J Super Hercules from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, arrived Thursday at Powidz Air Base, Poland, for exercises with Poland and neighboring Baltic States.

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