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1st Fighter Wing senior leaders welcome U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 94th Fighter Squadron home at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.  During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

1st Fighter Wing senior leaders welcome U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 94th Fighter Squadron home at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Israel Medina, 1st Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment, fist bumps Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander, after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.  During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Israel Medina, 1st Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment, fist bumps Col. Jason Hinds, 1st Fighter Wing commander, after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.  During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Smith, 1st Maintenance Squadron load crew chief, kisses his wife Anna after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Smith, 1st Maintenance Squadron load crew chief, kisses his wife Anna after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Smith, 1st Maintenance Squadron load crew chief, kisses his wife Anna after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Smith, 1st Maintenance Squadron load crew chief, kisses his wife Anna after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victor Chavez, 1st Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photo with his family after returning to  Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victor Chavez, 1st Maintenance Squadron, poses for a photo with his family after returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Right, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Britney Armentrout, 1st Operations Support Squadron airfield management training NCO in charge, and her son, Greyson Ramsey, wait to greet their family member as they return from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 1, 2018

Right, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Britney Armentrout, 1st Operations Support Squadron airfield management training NCO in charge, and her son, Greyson Ramsey, wait to greet their family member as they return from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 1, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

Right, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victor Chavez, 1st Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight chief, is greeted by his wife Denise Chavez as he returns from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018

Right, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victor Chavez, 1st Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight chief, is greeted by his wife Denise Chavez as he returns from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, Chavez supported the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which logged over 590 sorties and more than 4,600 flight hours, dropping 4,250 pounds of ordnance and deterring 587 enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Adams, 1st Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, hugs his daughter, Lilly, 4, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Adams, 1st Maintenance Squadron low observable technician, hugs his daughter, Lilly, 4, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fought against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victor Chavez, 1st Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight chief, embraces his daughter upon return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Victor Chavez, 1st Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight chief, embraces his daughter upon return to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, Chavez supported the 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which logged over 590 sorties and more than 4,600 flight hours, dropping 4,250 pounds of ordnance and deterring 587 enemy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cecil Chaney, 1st Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician, is greeted by Lena Tes as he returns from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cecil Chaney, 1st Maintenance Squadron nondestructive inspection technician, is greeted by Lena Tes as he returns from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. David Gonzalez, 1st Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, hugs his dog, Roxy, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. David Gonzalez, 1st Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, hugs his dog, Roxy, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. The 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flew Defensive Counter Air missions to protect coalition ground forces operating within Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Ramsey, 1st Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, is greeted by his son Greyson as he returns from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Ramsey, 1st Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, embraces his son Greyson as he returns from deployment at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. During a 6-month deployment, the U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Areca T. Bell)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. David Gonzalez, 1st Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, kisses his son, David, 6, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018.
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. David Gonzalez, 1st Maintenance Squadron production superintendent, kisses his son, David, 6, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 9, 2018. Airmen assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron returned to JBLE after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing and the 192nd Fighter Wing returned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, from a deployment to the Middle East on Oct. 9, 2018.

 

During the 6-month deployment, the Airmen and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors delivered air superiority during combat operations, supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against enemy forces in Iraq and Syria.

 

The 94th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron protected coalition ground forces operating within Syria by flying Defensive Counter Air missions against enemy air-to-ground capable fighter aircraft. The squadron also flew Offensive Counter Air missions deep into Syrian territory, facing both enemy fighters and surface-to-air missile systems, as the United States and Coalition forces launched deliberate attacks in response to the Syrian regime's illegal use of chemical weapons. On several occasions, the Raptors provided armed over watch for U.S. Navy aircraft as they transited through the Straits of Hormuz.

 

The 94th EFS flew more combat sorties and hours on a per aircraft basis than any deployed F-22 squadron ever. All told, the squadron logged over 590 sorties and more than 4,600 flight hours, dropping 4,250 pounds of ordnance and deterring 587 enemy aircraft. The squadron also accomplished the first-ever F-22 Raptor combat surge, which maximized combat sorties over a 3-day period.

 

On their way home, the 94th EFS aircraft were diverted to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, where they will remain for a short-term deployment within the U.S. European Command area of operations. Personnel from the 27th Fighter Squadron and 27th Aircraft Maintenance Unit met the aircraft in England and, as part of the “Raptor Redeploy” mission, will accomplish local European training and engagements with NATO allies and partners.