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Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st Fighter Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to the territory of NATO allies to improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to increase the readiness and responsiveness of U.S. forces in Europe and assist allies to increase regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st Fighter Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to the territory of NATO allies to improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to increase the readiness and responsiveness of U.S. forces in Europe and assist allies to increase regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, and Staff Sgt. David Sasak, 421st FS crew chief, conduct a pre-flight check during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to train in coordination with NATO allies. Conducting exercises and operations with allied forces increases the U.S. Air Force's ability to quickly respond to potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, and Staff Sgt. David Sasak, 421st FS crew chief, conduct a pre-flight check during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to train in coordination with NATO allies. Conducting exercises and operations with allied forces increases the U.S. Air Force's ability to quickly respond to potential threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, prepares to taxi during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. The goal of the operation is to enhance interoperability with NATO allies and partners to improve combined operational capabilities. F-35s provide unmatched lethality, survivability, and adaptability to war-fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, prepares to taxi during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. The goal of the operation is to enhance interoperability with NATO allies and partners to improve combined operational capabilities. F-35s provide unmatched lethality, survivability, and adaptability to war-fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler McGaughey, 421st Fighter Squadron avionics specialist, Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st FS crew chief, and Staff Sgt. David Sasak, 421st FS crew chief, prepare an F-35A Lightning II for launch during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies. Training with multinational air forces during operations strengthens allied coalition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler McGaughey, 421st Fighter Squadron avionics specialist, Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st FS crew chief, and Staff Sgt. David Sasak, 421st FS crew chief, prepare an F-35A Lightning II for launch during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies. Training with multinational air forces during operations strengthens allied coalition forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, shakes hands with Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st FS crew chief, during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. Participation in multinational operations enhances the U.S. Air Force's relationship with partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Walz, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, shakes hands with Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st FS crew chief, during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. Participation in multinational operations enhances the U.S. Air Force's relationship with partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, taxis toward the runway at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, takes off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, takes off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem

A U.S. Air Force weapons system officer, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, climbs into an F-15E Strike Eagle at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

Operation Rapid Forge continues at Spangdahlem
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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle pilots and weapons system officers, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, perform pre-flight operations at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Preston Cherry)

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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, and an F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to train in coordination with NATO allies in the Baltics and Poland. The operation ensures the U.S. Air Force is engaged and ready with credible force to assure, deter, and defend during a potential threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to train in coordination with NATO allies in the Baltics and Poland. The operation ensures the U.S. Air Force is engaged and ready with credible force to assure, deter, and defend during a potential threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

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A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to train in coordination with NATO allies in the Baltics and Poland. The operation ensures the U.S. Air Force is engaged and ready with credible force to assure, deter, and defend during a potential threat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody Albert, 421st Fighter Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II during Operation Rapid Forge at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 18, 2019. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to the territory of NATO allies to improve interoperability. The goal of the operation is to increase the readiness and responsiveness of U.S. forces in Europe and assist allies to increase regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)