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RAF Mildenhall supports sovereign skies in Iceland

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. Successful international operations are a testament to the cooperative efforts and enduring relationship between the U.S., allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. Successful international operations are a testament to the cooperative efforts and enduring relationship between the U.S., allies and partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Upegui, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, fuels a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to its allies and partners through the global employment of its military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Upegui, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, fuels a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. The U.S. routinely and visibly demonstrates commitment to its allies and partners through the global employment of its military forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing review a preflight checklist for a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to a flight to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 10, 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing supported deployed Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission. The U.S. has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing review a preflight checklist for a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to a flight to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 10, 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing supported deployed Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission. The U.S. has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies near a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of NATO alliance commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies near a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of NATO alliance commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 100th Air Refueling Wing reviews a preflight checklist for a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to a flight to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 10, 2018. U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-15C/D Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of NATO alliance commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 100th Air Refueling Wing reviews a preflight checklist for a KC-135 Stratotanker prior to a flight to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 10, 2018. U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-15C/D Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of NATO alliance commitments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron prepare a KC-135 Stratotanker for a flight to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 10, 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing supported deployed Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission. The U.S. has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 351st Air Refueling Squadron prepare a KC-135 Stratotanker for a flight to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland, at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 10, 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing supported deployed Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission. The U.S. has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing supported deployed Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission.  The U.S. has conducted the NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 351st Air Refueling Squadron over Iceland, Aug. 10, 2018. The 100th Air Refueling Wing supported deployed Airmen and aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission. The U.S. has conducted the NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandria Lee)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing refueled F-15C/D Eagles from RAF Lakenheath in support of NATO’s Icelandic Air Surveillance mission Aug. 10, 2018.


U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-15C/D Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, deployed to the air base to provide airborne surveillance and interception capabilities on behalf of NATO and Iceland, fulfilling an annual U.S. commitment to the alliance. Four of the F-15s will be used for a constant alert mission, ready to intercept and identify unknown aircraft within minutes of notification, while another nine will conduct valuable training in the Icelandic airspace.

This mission continues to demonstrate commitment to NATO and the security of Europe. The U.S. has conducted this NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008.

The U.S. Air Force presence in Europe and the relationships built over the past 70 years provide the U.S. critical strategic access to meet this NATO commitment and respond to any potential threat against alliance members.

Wings across the United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa major command are dedicated to supporting allies near and far and strengthening partnerships worldwide.