U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
8/28/2015 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Four
F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 Airmen
arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air
forces and U.S. services through mid-September.
This first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe is funded by the
European Reassurance Initiative, and provides support to bolster the
security of our NATO Allies and partners in Europe.
The F-22s and Airmen are from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB,
Fla. The C-17 is from the 60th Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, Ca
"This inaugural Raptor training deployment is the perfect opportunity
for these advanced aircraft to train alongside other U.S. Air Force
aircraft, joint partners, and NATO allies," said General Frank Gorenc,
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander.
The training will prove that 5th generation fighters can deploy
successfully to European bases and other NATO installations while also
affording the chance for familiarization flight training within the
European theater. It will also give them the chance to conduct combat
air training with different aircraft like U.S. F-15 Eagles and F-16
"It's important we test our infrastructure, aircraft capabilities, and
the talented Airmen and allies who will host 5th generation aircraft in
Europe," said Gorenc. "This deployment advances our airpower evolution
and demonstrates our resolve and commitment to European safety and