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Liberators support Operation Atlantic Resolve

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Technical Sgt. Casey Hall, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, fills out paperwork prior to a refueling mission at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, June 13, 2016. Boom operators play an integral role in pre-flight preparation and are responsible for fuel delivery from 459th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R Stratotankers to various receivers. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in England from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Technical Sgt. Casey Hall, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, fills out paperwork prior to a refueling mission at Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, June 13, 2016. Boom operators play an integral role in pre-flight preparation and are responsible for fuel delivery from 459th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R Stratotankers to various receivers. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in England from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Technical Sgt. Casey Hall, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, checks an oxygen mask for proper function inside the cockpit of a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, flight line June 13, 2016, prior to a refueling mission with the Norwegian Air Force. Members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in England from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Technical Sgt. Casey Hall, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, checks an oxygen mask for proper function inside the cockpit of a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, flight line June 13, 2016, prior to a refueling mission with the Norwegian Air Force. Members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in England from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Master Sgt. Steven Lessard, 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron refueling supervisor, monitors fuel delivery to a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, flight line June 13, 2016. Maintainers play an integral role in pre-flight preparation and are responsible for ensuring the fleet of 459th Air Refueling Wing aircraft are fit for flight. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in England from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Master Sgt. Steven Lessard, 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron refueling supervisor, monitors fuel delivery to a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, flight line June 13, 2016. Maintainers play an integral role in pre-flight preparation and are responsible for ensuring the fleet of 459th Air Refueling Wing aircraft are fit for flight. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in England from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 approaches the refueling boom of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 approaches the refueling boom of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 pilot waits for his aircraft to receive fuel from a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 pilot waits for his aircraft to receive fuel from a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Captain Jason Burrows, 756th Air Refueling Wing pilot, co-pilots a KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway during a refueling mission with Norwegian Air Force F-16s June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Captain Jason Burrows, 756th Air Refueling Wing pilot, co-pilots a KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway during a refueling mission with Norwegian Air Force F-16s June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Technical Sgt. Casey Hall, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, looks out of a boom pod window during a refueling mission over Norway June 13, 2016. Boom operators play an integral role in pre-flight preparation and are responsible for fuel delivery from 459th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R Stratotankers to various receivers. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

Technical Sgt. Casey Hall, 756th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, looks out of a boom pod window during a refueling mission over Norway June 13, 2016. Boom operators play an integral role in pre-flight preparation and are responsible for fuel delivery from 459th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135R Stratotankers to various receivers. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 pulls away from the refueling boom of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker after an in-flight refueling over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)
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A Norwegian Air Force F-16 pulls away from the refueling boom of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker after an in-flight refueling over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is seen from the window of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker after an inflight refueling over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)
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A Norwegian Air Force F-16 is seen from the window of a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker after an inflight refueling over Norway June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR aims to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in the wake of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

756th Air Refueling Wing pilots land a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, flight line after a refueling mission with Norwegian Air Force F-16s June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)
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756th Air Refueling Wing pilots land a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, England, flight line after a refueling mission with Norwegian Air Force F-16s June 13, 2016. Members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are in Europe from mid-June to late July to help provide training and refueling support for Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- When the 100th Air Refueling Wing out of Royal Air Force Base Mildehnall, England, was tasked to help support operations in Africa Command, the skilled men and women of the 459th Air Refueling Wing stepped up to fill the void in European Command operations.

"As one of the only KC-135 units in EUCOM, the 100th ARW is heavily tasked to support AFRICOM and other contingency operations and reached out to Air Force Reserve Command for assistance," said Col. Thomas O. Pemberton, 459th Operations Group commander. "The 459th stepped up to meet this need and is supporting operations over the next few months."

Members of the 459th ARW, to include pilots, boom operators and maintainers, are temporarily duty assigned to RAF Mildenhall from mid-June to July to help provide inflight refueling capability for Operation Atlantic Resolve as well as training to allied countries.

OAR is a continuing operation to ensure peace and stability in Eastern Europe in light of Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

The 100th Operations Support Squadron liaison officer said the 459th is refueling North Atlantic Treaty Organization E-3 Sentries in support of OAR, American F-16s and F-15s, and is also providing training opportunities for Norwegian Air Force F-16 pilots on refueling procedures.

However, allied air force pilots are not the only airmen receiving valuable training.

"This was also an excellent opportunity for our crews to gain oceanic flying experience as there are different procedures to be followed than when flying in the continental U.S.," said Pemberton. "We gain invaluable experience in aerial refueling of many different types of aircraft, some that are not available to our crews at home station."

Overall, missions with EUCOM in support of OAR and international training has been and continues to be a success.

"The 459th is providing excellent support to Mildenhall and will be looking at future dates to lend a hand to the 100th ARW," said Pemberton.