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Deployers return to Lakenheath

48th Fighter Wing Airmen reunite with their families at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 16, 2018. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)

F-15E Strike Eagles assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron arrive at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 8, 2018.The 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen greet their families at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 16, 2018. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)

F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron arrive at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 9, 2018.The 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

Col. William Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander, Col. Steven Collen, 48th Maintenance Group commander, and other wing leadership members greet 48th Fighter Wing Airmen returning from a deployment, Oct. 11, 2018. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen reunite with family members at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 11, 2018. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John A. Crawford)

F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron reunite with their families at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 7, 2018.The 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron reunite with their families at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 9, 2018.The 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

Family members await the return of the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 8, 2018. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

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F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron reunite with their families at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 8, 2018.The 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

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A 494th Fighter Squadron member greets her family members after returning from a deployment, Oct. 7, 2018 While deployed as the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, the "Mighty Black Panthers" completed over 10,000 flying hours and over 2,000 missions in support of U.S. Central Command operations. (Courtesy photo by Nova Burks)

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A 494th Fighter Squadron member greets his wife after returning from a deployment, Oct. 7, 2018. F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

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F-15E Strike Eagle aircrews assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron reunite with their families at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 7, 2018.The 494th FS returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen from the 494th Fighter Squadron and supporting units across the 48th Fighter Wing have returned from a six-month deployment to an undisclosed location.

Lt. Col. Morgan Lohse, 494th FS commander, said it was an incredible deployment on many levels and allowed the F-15E to showcase its full capabilities.

"The combined Panther team of maintainers and operators did a fantastic job in a very dynamic and complex environment while conducting operations around the clock,” Lohse said. “The team had a great attitude and helped recover all but a small pocket of territory held by ISIS, while protecting US and coalition partners on the ground."

While deployed as the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, the “Panthers” completed nearly 10,000 flying hours and over 2,000 missions while employing over 500 precision-guided munitions in support of U.S. Central Command operations.