Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors have arrived in at Spangdahlem AB in Germany for training exercises to fly along European aircraft as well as U.S. F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons.
The F-22 deployment to Europe is funded through a $1 billion European Reassurance Initiative.
The European Reassurance Initiative was established to augment training and provide support for NATO allies after Russia’s occupation of Crimea.
An F-22 Raptor pilot from the 95th Fighter Sqdn. at Tyndall AFB, Florida, climbs down from an his fighter at Spangdahlem AB in Germany.
Two MQ-1 Predator UAVs and about 70 airmen from the Texas Air National Guard are forward deployed at Lielvarde AB in Latvia through the middle of September.
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