by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
7/27/2015 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- Leaders
from the Oregon National Guard visited the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter
Squadron during an immersion visit July 22, 2015, at Campia Turzii,
U.S. National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon National Guard
Adjutant General, U.S. Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt.Patrick
Gauntz, command chief, Oregon Air National Guard, U.S. ANG Col. Paul
Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander and U.S. ANG Chief Master Sgt.t
Julie Eddings, 142nd FW command chief, visited Airmen of the 123rd
Expeditionary Fighter Squadron stationed there as part of the Theater
The U.S. Air Force's 123rd EFS F-15 Eagle aircraft and the Romanian air
force's 71st Air Base's MiG-21 fighter aircraft partnered together for
training to enhance both nations' joint capabilities and ensure a
stronger partnership as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
"The relationships they are building here with the Romanians is
something that will last for years and just critical to what we do,"
While participating in this TSP, the squadron also participated in a Romanian air show celebrating their air force birthday.
"We're very proud of what we've done, and it's good to be able to show
some of the folks back home of what we've been able to accomplish in
such a short time, how everybody was been able to take their jobs from
home and do it in an austere location and with a lot less resources and
still get the mission done," said U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean
Sullivan, 123rd EFS commander.
More than 200 U.S. ANG Airmen and active duty Airmen from across U.S.
Air Forces in Europe serve in various operations, maintenance, mission
support, medical and wing staff functions there, reflecting a combat
capable force able to respond to a wide variety of operations.
"Every time I visit this unit they impress me," Hokanson said. "Great Airmen doing wonderful things."