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Saturday, August 22, 2015

A-10s deploy to Estonia

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8/22/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany  -- Eight U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and approximately 170 Airmen deployed to Ämari Air Base, Estonia, as part of a flying training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region.

Aircraft and Airmen from the 303d Fighter Squadron, 442d Fighter Wing, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, arrived in Estonia, 22 Aug. These reservists, along with guardsmen from three Air National Guard units, will train with their Estonian counterparts for three weeks. During this deployment, they will also participate in simultaneous but unrelated training with Finnish air forces.

All of the training will focus on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities and demonstrating the shared commitment of the U.S. to a safe and secure Eastern Europe.

The training will include some low-level flying designed to help maintain joint readiness and strengthen our relationships within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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