Thursday, October 08, 2015

Langley Airmen return from supporting ISIL airstrike missions

633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

10/8/2015 - JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. -- Members of the 94th and 149th Fighter Squadrons returned to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, after a six-month deployment to the Middle East.

Approximately 200 members of the 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings, operating the F-22 Raptor, were assigned to United States Central Command as a part of a theater security package, providing support and stability to the region.

The Langley AFB airmen were deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Under that operation, U.S. and coalition forces conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

The 94th and 149th Fighter Squadrons were accompanied by additional support personnel from Virginia Air National Guard's 192nd FW and the 633rd Air Base Wing.

"We're incredibly proud of our Airmen and the work they did over the course of this six month operational deployment, but it's great to have them home," said Col. Pete Fesler, 1st FW commander.  "It's been quite a while since we've had the entire 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings together, and we plan to celebrate this rare occasion."

Also known as the "Hat in the Ring Gang," the 94th FS is the second oldest active fighter squadron in the United States, tracing its origin back to the dawn of military aviation over the trenches of World War I.

Langley AFB's three fighter squadrons operate the F-22 Raptor.  The F-22 Raptor, America's premier air dominance fighter, protects U.S. and allied forces by engaging and destroying enemy forces, equipment and defenses in the air or on the ground.

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