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  • Rapid Forge begins at Spangdahlem Air Base

    U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle's, assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, and U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, July 16, 2019, during Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. Participation in multinational exercises and operations enhances professional relationships and coordination with allies. The goal of the operation is to enhance readiness in coordination with U.S. allies and partners in Europe.
  • Evolution of Combat: Strike Eagle hits turning point in armed overwatch mission set

    The national recognition of the survivors of the Battle of Robert’s Ridge in August 2018 has begun to have an effect on the way Air Force members pause to reflect on the history and heritage of the service. One snapshot reflection focuses on the integration of the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft as a valued contributor to the close-air-support mission set.
  • Photos Dropping bombs: weapons load at Combat Hammer

    4th Fighter Wing F-15E Strike Eagles and Airmen came south to drop some bombs at the annual fall Combat Hammer exercise.
  • Quarterly load competition: Gunfighter Airman shares his experience

    One Airman participating in this quarter’s load competition for the first time is Airman 1st Class Timothy Ponzi. Ponzi works as a weapons load crew member for the 389th Fighter Squadron.
  • An F-15E Strike Eagle achieves 10,000 flying hours

    F-15E Strike Eagle tail 472 arrived at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. on July 1, 1990 and was assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron in January 2010. On Sept. 18, 2018 tail 472 achieved a rare milestone within the training community: it reached 10,000-flying hours. It is the first F-15E assigned to a Seymour Johnson AFB training squadron, 333rd or 334th FS, to achieve this feat.
  • SJ recovery efforts begin following Hurricane Florence

    More than 50 F-15E Strike Eagles from the 4th Fighter Wing and six KC-135R Stratotankers from the 916th Air Refueling Wing were repositioned to Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Sept. 17, as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Florence. The 916th ARW also provided support to the 4th FW by repositioning more than 200 personnel and equipment from the 4th FW to Barksdale AFB. Hurricane Florence reached Seymour Johnson AFB on Sept. 14, causing flooding in various areas of the base to include parts of the runway. Col. Donn Yates, 4th FW commander, issued an “all clear” for the base, beginning the base’s reconstitution phase after the effects of Hurricane Florence, to bring the base back to its full capabilities. The 4th FW’s assets returned from Barksdale AFB, Sept. 18, and Team Seymour has begun recovery efforts to reestablish normal base operations.
  • Honing skills: 366th EMS executes armament training

    The 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron conducted in-depth F-15E Strike Eagle armament training Aug. 27-30 that will enhance the 366th Fighter Wing’s readiness down-range. EMS armament technicians trained on the Bomb Rack Unit-61, an F-15E equipment piece that houses the Guided Bomb Unit-39. The GBU-39 is a 250-pound small-diameter precision-guided glide bomb that relies on the Global Positioning System to provide navigation to the F-15E’s target.
  • Members of F-15E Systems Program Office visit MHAFB

    The F-15E Systems Program Offices were specifically created to address issues aging aircraft may have. The SPO's focus is to ensure reliability and maintainability, as well as streamlining work and improving repair technologies at maintenance depots. During the week-long visit, SPO members learned about various aspects of the F-15E Strike Eagle in a classroom setting, then proceeded to see what they learned in action.
  • Gunfighter Flag 18-3, Adaptive Basing

    Adaptive basing exercises require all levels of the squadron to deploy small teams of Airmen and aircraft for a short amount of time to hone their skills. Adaptive basing is the ability to rapidly refuel and re-arm F-15’s in an austere environment, a location we haven’t operated from before. It could have some support facilities or just a runway in the middle of nowhere. Every quarter, the 366th Fighter Wing holds “Gunfighter Flag”, an exercise where the fighter squadrons participate in air-to-air and air-to-ground training to maintain F-15E Strike Eagles during peace-time and war-time contingencies. The concept is still fairly new and has been improving.
  • Green Flag: Preparing for Close Air Support

    Since the 1980’s, the United States of America has been crowned with air superiority by using the F-15E Strike Eagle’s dual-role fighter capabilities in Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground missions. Preparing for those scenarios that happen down-range requires cooperation from both pilots and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers to get the job done. Green Flag West provides essential Close Air Support training that combines the capabilities of the Air Force and Army as a multi-domain fighting force.
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