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USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, and Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SAs fly over Saudi Arabia while participating in a large formation exercise, Sept. 10, 2020. AFCENT continues to build and strengthen our regional partners by training alongside one another, integrating capabilities and increasing interoperability to project agile combat employment from established and austere locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

Four Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s fly in formation with U.S. Air Force F-15 Strike Eagles over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Sept 10, 2020. AFCENT continues to build and strengthen our partners by training alongside one another, integrating capabilities and increasing interoperability, to project agile combat employment from established and austere locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flies over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Sept 10, 2020. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, demonstrating U.S. Air Force Central Commands' posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan, in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020. The exercise was designed to highlight the execution of agile combat employment and deliver air dominance within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan, in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020. The exercise was designed to highlight the execution of agile combat employment and deliver air dominance within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron conduct aerial refueling missions aboard a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker with a U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Sept 10, 2020. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, demonstrating U.S. Air Force Central Commands' posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle flies over Saudi Arabia while participating in a large formation exercise, Sept. 10, 2020. AFCENT continues to build and strengthen our regional partners by training alongside one another, integrating capabilities and increasing interoperability to project agile combat employment from established and austere locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan, in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020. The exercise was designed to highlight the execution of agile combat employment and deliver air dominance within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle flies over Saudi Arabia while participating in a large formation exercise, Sept. 10, 2020. AFCENT continues to build and strengthen our regional partners by training alongside one another, integrating capabilities and increasing interoperability to project agile combat employment from established and austere locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan)

USAF, RSAF conduct Exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM AOR
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Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan, in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020. The exercise was designed to highlight the execution of agile combat employment and deliver air dominance within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

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A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, and Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SAs fly over Saudi Arabia while participating in a large formation exercise, Sept. 10, 2020. AFCENT continues to build and strengthen our regional partners by training alongside one another, integrating capabilities and increasing interoperability to project agile combat employment from established and austere locations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan)

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Four U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fly over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Sept 10, 2020. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, demonstrating U.S. Air Force Central Commands' posture to compete, deter, and win against state and non-state actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Parsons)

PRINCE SULTAN AIR BASE, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA --

Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, following a large formation flight in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020.

Exercise Desert Eagle was designed to highlight the execution of agile combat employment and deliver air dominance within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, and Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SAs participated, highlighting force integration and partnership.

Following the flight, F-15E Strike Eagles prepared for a rapid refuel at Prince Sultan Air Base.

Rapid refuels allow maintenance and logistics readiness Airmen to receive the aircraft and quickly return pilots back to projecting air power in the region.

“It is imperative that we be agile in our execution, more strategic in our deterrence, and more resilient in our capability. Training with coalition partners is an imperative piece of that readiness,” said Lt. Col. Fowler, 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron director of operations.

Airmen from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 378th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants section received the 332nd F-15E Strike Eagles at the hot pit refueling pad. Within an hour, both aircraft were refueled and ready for takeoff from Prince Sultan Air Base.

“We have to plan, build and use our combat generation platforms in a way to challenge any potential adversaries’ calculus – whether that’s adapting a base, building out new bases or operating out of new locations,” said Fowler.

U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen are executing a mission of national, regional and global importance, delivering dominant coalition airpower to secure and stabilize the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

In close coordination with valued partners, AFCENT continues to evaluate and validate the ability to project air power from established and austere locations.

“The agility, readiness and skill our combined team demonstrated during Exercise Desert Eagle are illustrative of the strong partnership between the US Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Evan Pettus, 378th Air Expeditionary Wing commander. “It was inspiring to see Airmen from both our nations integrating so effectively on the ground and in the air.”

Prince Sultan Air Base Airmen will continue to be a force multiplier for the region by building a more agile force that is resilient in capability and partnership.