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Reservists among F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

A pair of F-22 Raptors fly near the coastline of Panama City Beach, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

A pair of F-22 Raptors fly near the coastline of Panama City Beach, Fla. (Courtesy photo)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

Six Air Force Reservists are among the approximately 60 Airmen and four F-22 Raptors, and a C-17 Globemaster III, deployed here to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

The Reservists are from the 301st Fighter Squadron and 44th Maintenance Squadron, part of the 44th Fighter Group, a classic associate unit at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, deployed with the 95th FS. 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 C-17 is from the 60th Airlift Wing, Travis AFB, Cailf.

"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 Fighting Falcons.

"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 security."