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F-22s forward deploy to Albecete AB, Spain

Release Number: 070818

Two F-22 Raptors, a KC-135 Stratotanker and approximately 10 supporting Airmen arrived at Albecete Air Base, Spain, today from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, to conduct local training.

The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and arrived in Europe Aug. 8. The KC-135 is assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, and is providing refueling support for the deployment to Spain.

This one-day forward deployment, done with the full cooperation of our NATO ally, Norway, demonstrates U.S. Air Forces in Europe's commitment to field and operate fifth-generation aircraft in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. This deployment also underscores our commitment to the collective defense of the NATO alliance and our willingness to deploy and use our most technically advanced assets to deter any potential aggression and increase regional security.

For more information, contact U.S. Air Force in Europe - Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 (0) 6371-47-6558 or by e-mail at usafepao.pao@us.af.mil. If after duty hours, please call +49 (0) 1624-25-5428 or send an e-mail to usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.