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Spangdahlem AB F-16s participate in large force exercise

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, taxi off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. Multiple wings from across U.S. Air Forces in Europe participated in the LFE, demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to integrate different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, taxi off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. Multiple wings from across U.S. Air Forces in Europe participated in the LFE, demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s ability to integrate different aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, flies over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. These exercises are valuable in ensuring Airmen sharpen their combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency. U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Airmen are focused on refining their skillset, despite the current COVID-19 crisis, to ensure continued security today, tomorrow, and every day after. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, flies over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. These exercises are valuable in ensuring Airmen sharpen their combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency. U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Airmen are focused on refining their skillset, despite the current COVID-19 crisis, to ensure continued security today, tomorrow, and every day after. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, takes off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. The North Sea airspace provides the capability for aircrew to train against a high end near-peer threat. Additionally, aircrews are able to pair multiple fourth generation platforms together to increase interoperability and maximize capabilities of participating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, takes off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. The North Sea airspace provides the capability for aircrew to train against a high end near-peer threat. Additionally, aircrews are able to pair multiple fourth generation platforms together to increase interoperability and maximize capabilities of participating aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, taxis off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. The purpose of this LFE was to conduct participating units to conduct training with other U.S Air Forces in Europe units in order to sharpen combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, taxis off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. The purpose of this LFE was to conduct participating units to conduct training with other U.S Air Forces in Europe units in order to sharpen combat readiness and increase tactical proficiency to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, fly in formation over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. Despite the current COVID-19 crisis, it is paramount to maintain a ready force to deter potential adversaries and assure our partners and allies. During mission operations, U.S. Air Force personnel are adhering to guidance from the Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and host nation public health agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, fly in formation over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. Despite the current COVID-19 crisis, it is paramount to maintain a ready force to deter potential adversaries and assure our partners and allies. During mission operations, U.S. Air Force personnel are adhering to guidance from the Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and host nation public health agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

An U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, lands at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. These exercises provide both aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force, and by integrating multiple aircraft, aircrews are able to train for different objectives, which is critical to ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

An U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, lands at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to participate in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. These exercises provide both aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force, and by integrating multiple aircraft, aircrews are able to train for different objectives, which is critical to ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, begins to land at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, after participating in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. LFE’s sharpen combat readiness, increase tactical proficiency, and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, begins to land at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, after participating in a large force exercise within the North Sea airspace, U.K., May 27, 2020. LFE’s sharpen combat readiness, increase tactical proficiency, and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

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