by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
7/9/2015 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- U.S.
Air Force Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National
Guard, Portland, Oregon, commenced training with the Romanian air force
as part of a theater security package of F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft
deployed to Campia Turzii, Romania, July 6, 2015.
More than 200 Airmen from various active duty and ANG units comprise the
123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron which is serving in the TSP as
part of Operation Atlantic Resolve along with NATO allies.
"Our mission in Romania is to support Operation Atlantic Resolve," said
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd EFS commander. "It is to
show the United States' dedication to security, stability and peace in
Europe and to work on interoperability with our NATO allies."
The 123rd EFS took over as the lead unit of the TSP from the 159th EFS
from the 125th FW, Florida Air National Guard, Jacksonville, Fla. The
159th EFS arrived in Europe in March with 12 F-15Cs to start the ANG
TSP in the European theater.
"The U.S. Air Force's forward presence in Europe, augmented by a
rotational force like the TSP, allows us to work with our allies to
develop and improve ready air forces capable of maintaining regional
security," said U.S. Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in
Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, in a previous news release.
These TSP-type of deployments are not new to the Air Force as fighter
squadrons have been deploying like this to the Pacific region since
"It is very important for us to exercise that capability with our NATO
allies, and I think we can all benefit from this experience," said
U.S. ANG Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke, ANG assistant to the USAFE-AFAFRICA
commander, in a previous news release concerning the 159th
EFS' deployment to Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands. "Our NATO allies
are very capable aviators and have great air forces. There are many
things we can learn from them, especially from their innovation. They
may not have the resources that the U.S. has, but they have done an
incredible job of maintaining an impressive level of readiness."