Aug 31, 2015
USAF F-16, F-22 ARRIVE IN POLAND
The F-16s are from the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The 480th FS is participating in bilateral training with the Polish Air Force during Aviation Detachment Rotation 15-4 and will be joined by the 606th Air Control Squadron and additional F-16s from the 176th Fighter Squadron, Wisconsin Air National Guard, in early September. Approximately 370 Airmen from the three squadrons will be in Poland to support one of the largest Av-Det rotations to date. During the deployment, the F-16s will conduct training focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities.
The F-22s and approximately 20 supporting Airmen are from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla. The C-130 aircraft is from the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
This forward deployment of the Raptors is part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe and is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, which provides support to bolster the security of our NATO Allies and partners in Europe while demonstrating our commitment to regional and global security. The F-22s will remain at Łask for a brief period of time before returning to Spangdahlem to continue their training deployment.