by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
7/15/2015 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- The
sound of F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft engines roaring down the runway
seems like a normal thing for the Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing,
Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Oregon, to hear.
However, seeing Romanian MiG-21 fighter aircraft following behind their F-15Cs may be a new experience for these Guardsmen.
But sights and sounds like these together are a regular occurrence as the European theater security package continues.
The ANG Airmen, along with active-duty U.S. Air Force Airmen from the
123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, serve in various roles for the TSP
while forward deployed to Campia Turzii, Romania, as part of Operation
Since arriving to the country, the Airmen have performed routine flying
missions and become accustomed to the Transylvanian airspace. They will
soon begin working with the Romanian air force pilots and their MiG-21s.
With building their partnership in mind, both sides shared objectives they hope to achieve from the training.
"We continue to work on our interoperability," said U.S. Air Force Lt.
Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd EFS commander. "If we come back, hopefully we
have made those connections and made those standards so it is easier to
quickly pick up where we left off."
Romanian air force Cmdr. Marius Oatu, 71st Air Base commander, also
remarked on the two countries working together to learn from each
"The fact that the Stars and Stripes are standing near the colors of the
Romanian flag are a guarantee for success generally speaking," Oatu
said. "We have a great opportunity to train together and practice
tactics and procedures together with the Airmen from the 123rd EFS."
In addition to allowing the U.S. and Romanian air forces to work
together, the training demonstrates the United States' commitment to a
"All these exercises are a great opportunity to tighten the bond between the United States and Romania," Oatu said.