by Senior Airman Rusty Frank
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/5/2015 - ÄMARI AIR BASE, Estonia -- Four
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 354th
Expeditionary Fighter Squadron recently deployed to Ämari Air Base,
Estonia, to participate in a theater security package in support of
Operation Atlantic Resolve.
As part of the deployment, the U.S. and Estonian air forces will train
together May 4-12 during Operation Hedgehog to improve interoperability
in allied air operations and train multinational close air support
Nearly 70 Airmen and support equipment from the 355th Fighter Wing at
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the 52nd Fighter Wing at
Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will participate as a combat capable
force able to respond to a wide variety of operations.
"These Airmen and A-10s of the 354th EFS provide a strategic symbol as
they represent U.S. commitment to European security and stability," said
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force commander.
The A-10 supports Air Force missions around the world as part of the
U.S. Air Force's current inventory of strike platforms, including F-15C
Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. As part of Operation
Atlantic Resolve, the 354th EFS has forward deployed to reassure Eastern
European NATO countries.
"Intimidating actions, which continue, have created significant distress
among Eastern Europeans and resurrected thoughts of a not-too-distant
past," Roberson said.
The TSP serves as part of a routine deployment of additional fighter
squadrons, support personnel and equipment aimed to bolster U.S. forces
in Europe on a rotating basis. Theater security package rotations have
been occurring in the Pacific region since 2004.
"The theater security package is another way the Air Force is increasing
rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies and partner
nations that our commitment to European security is a priority," said
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces
Africa vice commander.