USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
3/27/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The
U.S. Air Force deployed 12 F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft and
approximately 200 Airmen as the first Air National Guard theater
security package in Europe to support Operation Atlantic Resolve this
The aircraft and Airmen, from the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air
National Guard, Jacksonville, Fla., are set to be in place and
fulfilling the TSP mission by mid-April.
The TSPs will augment U.S. Air Forces in Europe's existing efforts as
part of Operation Atlantic Resolve by conducting flying training
deployments and off-station training with NATO allies to further enhance
Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command
and United States Air Forces in Europe's continued commitment to the
collective security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and
dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region.
"The TSP is a strategic capability that allows the Air Force greater
flexibility against evolving threats," said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson,
3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander. "The TSP is
another way the Air Force presents forces at the right time to the right
combatant commander. It reassures our allies and partner nations that
our commitment to European security is a priority."
While in Europe, the unit will conduct training alongside NATO allies
with the goal of strengthening interoperability and enhancing regional
security. The unit will later forward deploy to locations in Eastern
European NATO nations including Leeuwarden, Netherlands, and Graf
"We are able to maintain a global presence thanks to the efforts of our
active duty, Reserve and National Guard partners," said Roberson. "This
is a team effort and the addition of a National Guard unit demonstrates
the total force integration of our Air Force around the world."
The F-15s are the first ANG unit to support TSP in Europe, and the
second of several TSP deployments to the continent. Rotations will
generally last six months, depending on mission and U.S. European
Command requirements. The Air Force has been conducting similar TSP
rotations in the Pacific region since 2004.