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493 FS Eagles safeguard Baltic sovereignty

By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published September 05, 2017  ŠIAULIAI AIR BASE, Lithuania — The Eagle is a combat proven, tactical fighter designed to permit the U.S. Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. It can penetrate rival defenses and outperform and outfight any current opposing aircraft, […]

493 FS assumes lead of NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs / Published August 31, 2017 ŠIAULIAI AIR BASE, Lithuania — The United States Air Force assumed control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission from the Polish air force during a hand-over, take-over ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, Aug. 30, 2017. Approximately 140 Airmen and seven […]

550th Fighter Squadron “Silver Eagles” reactivated

By Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy, 173rd Fighter Wing KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. — The active duty Air Force detachment based here is now officially designated as the 550th Fighter Squadron following an activation ceremony at Kingsley Field, July 21, 2017. In 2014, the detachment was activated as a part of the Total Force Integration (TFI), which […]

494 Fighter Squadron “Panthers” Pride of Juniper Falcon

By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Uvda Air Base, Uvda, Israel — Twelve F-15E Strike Eagles along with 262 Airmen attached to the 48th Fighter Wing, 494th Fighter Squadron from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England deployed to Israel in support of exercise Juniper Falcon from May 7 – 22, 2017. The 494th […]

493 Fighter Squadron receives Raytheon Trophy

By Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ROYAL AIR BASE LAKENHEATH, England — The coveted Raytheon Trophy was awarded to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, May 13, during a celebration at the Duxford Imperial War Museum, England. Every year, fighter squadrons across the Air Force are judged on their performance across specified mission sets, […]

Medal of Honor recipient Leo K. Thorsness dies at age 85

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Leo Thorsness, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during a dogfight over North Vietnam and who later spent six years in the enemy prison camp known as the “Hanoi Hilton,” died May 2 at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 85. The Congressional Medal of […]

Eagle Theater Security Package arrived in Europe / Leeuwarden AB

The 122nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, comprised of Louisiana and Florida Air National Guard members, arrive to Europe to participate as part of a Theater Security Package at Leeuwarden Air Base, Netherlands, March 28, 2017. While in country, the 122nd EFS will also particpate in Frisian Flag, one of Europe’s largest aerial warfare exercises. For two […]