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48th Fighter Wing participates in exercise Typhoon Warrior

U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Munoz, 494th Fighter Squadron pilot, prepares for takeoff during exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. Typhoon Warrior provides F-15E aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, takes off for exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. Typhoon Warrior provides U.S. aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, launches for a sortie in support of exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. Typhoon Warrior provides U.S. aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, takes off for exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. Typhoon Warrior provides U.S. aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, taxis to execute a training sortie in support of exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. Exercises like Typhoon Warrior enhance the Liberty Wing’s preparedness by continuing to support, develop and improve air readiness with surrounding Royal Air Force personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

An F-15E Strike Eagle aircrew assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron conduct a pre-flight check of their aircraft prior to a executing a sortie in support of exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. The exercise provides U.S. aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies through enhancing air-to-air and air-to-ground combat techniques to counter possible threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Munoz, 494th Fighter Squadron pilot, conducts pre-flight inspections in preparation for exercise Typhoon Warrior at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 15, 2019. Typhoon Warrior provides F-15E aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

The 494th Fighter Squadron participated in the Royal Air Force combat training exercise, Typhoon Warrior, over the skies of England, Aug. 13 through Aug. 23, 2019.

The exercise provides F-15E aircrews an opportunity to leverage their skill and knowledge with RAF aviators, while sharpening air interoperability tactics for potential contingencies through enhancing air-to-air and air-to-ground combat techniques to counter possible threats.

“We are given a complex tactical problem to include air to air threats and air to ground threats and we come together to make a creative solution to win,” said Capt. Patrick Ryan, 494th Fighter Squadron pilot.

Working with NATO allies in Typhoon Warrior provides valuable air combat skills to protect from potential threats by integrating new weapon technology and developing capabilities.

“In this exercise there are roughly 36 aircraft in the air, meaning you have to think about your missiles and your strikes you’re targeting, as well as making sure you’re on time, on target, and taking necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.”” said Capt. Mike Nunez, 494th FS pilot.

Exercises like Typhoon Warrior enhance the Liberty Wing’s preparedness by continuing to support, develop and improve air readiness with surrounding Royal Air Force personnel. This support is significant in maintaining security and building partnership capacity.