by 39th Air Base Wing
11/17/2015 - INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- In
support of the United States' commitment to the fight against ISIL in
Iraq and Syria, the 39th Air Base Wing received the second group of
F-15s November, 12, 2015, here.
The F-15E Strike Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, based at RAF
Lakenheath, UK, arrived at approximately 5 p.m. These aircraft are
deployed to conduct counter-ISIL missions in Iraq and Syria in support
of Operation Inherent Resolve. The F-15E is a twin-engine, all weather
fighter that gains and maintains air superiority through air-to-air and
air-to-ground combat operations.
"We put the support for this deployment together on really short
notice," said Col. John Walker, 39th Air Base Wing Commander. "We're the
only Air Force in the world that puts together combat deployments,
takes forces and flies them across the world, and then sets up to
conduct combat operations. I'm really proud of the Airmen of the 39th
Air Base Wing for their continuous hard work and support in coordinating
combat operations from Incirlik Air Base."
The F-15Es join six F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron at RAF
Lakenheath, UK, which arrived Nov. 6, 2015. In support of the Government
of Turkey's request for support in securing the sovereignty of Turkish
airspace, the F-15Cs will conduct combat air patrols in Turkey. The
F-15C is a tactical fighter that specializes in gaining and
maintaining air superiority through extreme maneuverability and
"We're grateful to be here," said Col. David Eaglin, 48th Fighter Wing
vice commander. "The U.S. has a long history and alliance with Turkey,
as well as NATO. We've had many instances where we've answered the call
for our allies, and this is another example of that."
The U.S. Air Force response to the Turkish Government's request for
increased combat air patrols marks yet another successful cooperative
effort between Turkish and U.S. militaries. Since August 2015, Turkey
has opened its bases to the U.S., giving aircraft and support personnel a
forward location to conduct counter-ISIL missions in support of OIR.
The 39th ABW received a deployment of 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II attack
aircraft Oct. 15, 2015. The A-10s, a highly accurate and survivable
weapons-delivery platform, can employ a wide variety of conventional
munitions, and is capable of firing 3,900 rounds per minute to defeat a
wide variety of targets including tanks. The A-10s replaced six F-16s
from Aviano Air Base, Italy, that we're conducting counter-ISIL
"Incirlik is the epitome of forward, ready, now for the U.S.'s current
fight, "Walker said. "We are the perfect power projection
platform...we're strategically located on the front lines, with the
right aircraft and support personnel to provide assistance to our
Turkish partners and deliver air power to counter-ISIL missions in Iraq
and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. This is America's
Air Force, right here in action."