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Schmidt eclipses 3,000 hours on final F-15E flight

By Tech. Sgt. Chuck Broadway, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt, 334th Fighter Squadron director of operations is sprayed down by friends and family members following his final F-15E Strike Eagle flight June 17, 2016, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Schmidt eclipsed […]

Crushing It: 48th FW breaks sortie record

by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 4/1/2016 – ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — When the 48th Fighter Wing set out to fly more than 1,000 sorties during what was dubbed ‘Big March’, a total of 1,220 sorties were scheduled, in anticipation of flight cancellations due to bad weather. But, the 48th FW […]

493 FS Surge ops increases air traffic

by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 3/9/2016 – ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — The 48th Fighter Wing’s jets are flying more sorties during the month of March.  “We are exercising the ability to fly a massive amount of sorties in a short amount of time, and preparing our pilots for operations that […]

Team Seymour heads to Red Flag 16-2

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – By Airman Shawna L. Keyes, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Fourteen of the 4th Fighter Wing’s F-15E Strike Eagles took off for Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, in support of Red Flag 16-2, Feb. 25. The two-week long exercise began Feb. 29 and concludes March 11. The exercise […]

2,000 hours in flight

by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 2/26/2016 – ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — The 493rd Fighter Squadron commander, Lt. Col. John Stratton, earned his 2,000 flying hours patch Feb. 26. A crowd of more than 30 of Stratton’s friends, family members and fellow Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing gathered as he […]

Portland fighter pilot reaches 3,000 flying hours in F-15

by Capt. Angela Walz 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs 2/19/2016 – PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. — Colonel Adam “Khan” Sitler joined an elite group of fighter pilots to reach 3,000 flight hours in an F-15 Eagle, Feb. 18 at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon. Sitler, an F-15 instructor pilot and the 142nd Operations Group Commander, crossed […]

Gunfighters participate in Combat Archer and Hammer

by Senior Airman Jeremy L. Mosier 366th Fighter Wing/ Public Affairs 2/25/2016 – MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Over 200 airmen returned to Mountain Home AFB after participating Combat Archer and Hammer from Jan. 25 to Feb. 12 at Tyndall AFB, Florida. Combat Archer and Hammer, a Weapons System Evaluation Program, combines the live air-to-air missile firing […]