by 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
6/21/2015 - KONYA, Turkey -- Anatolian Eagle 15, a joint training exercise between the Turkish and U.S. air forces, concluded June 18, here.
The United States in Europe deployed 12 F-15 aircraft from the 48th
Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. During the two-week
exercise, the 493rd Fighter Squadron completed 72 sorties and
approximately 122 flying hours, which resulted a stronger partnership
and improved interoperability between the two nations.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Stratton, 493rd FS commander, said the
large-force training was similar to Red Flag exercises in the U.S.,
where participants execute a variety of mission sets against a robust
and aggressive adversary force.
"It increases our interoperability because it gives our pilots a chance
to come together, to mission plan, brief, execute, and debrief," he
said, "so we can see what works and what doesn't in a joint coalition
setting so we know how well we're going to be able to execute in any
The training's strategic location also allowed the U.S. air forces to
exercise operational and logistical processes and deploy to, operate in
and around Europe, which further enhanced USAFE's role in maintaining
Turkish Air Force Lt. Col. Abidin Tanrisever, 123rd Weapons and Tactics
Squadron commander, said Anatolian Eagle presents realistic training
environments for allied and partner nations with similar practices and
"Recent operations show that close coordination and precise
communication is very important in the execution of the operational
plan," he said.
"To fly and train with the U.S. Air Force," Tanrisever said, "is a great
opportunity to practice our interoperability and also since we share
almost the same doctrine and fight."
Both pilots and ground maintenance Airmen from the U.S. displayed great
professionalism and Airmanship during the exercise, he noted.
Along with the United States, the exercise brought together air forces
from the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Pakistan, and a combined NATO
unit to further strengthen relationships and ensure combat readiness.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jason Ford, 493rd FS pilot, said Anatolian Eagle
wasn't just a great training exercise, but an opportunity to strengthen
relationships with our allies.
"The partnerships we build here in the exercise while we're in Turkey
are very important not only today, learning from each other," he said,
"but also maybe those partnerships that we rely on tomorrow with our