A-10s back in Europe

Another TSP brings 74th EFS Hogs

A-10 Thunderbolt IIs were once a familiar sight in Europe, and in 2015 that returned as various A-10 units deployed to Europe.

Lt Gen Roberson welcomed the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) at Spangdahlem Air Base on February 18, 2015, as the first unit to fulfill a TSP deployment in Europe.

Home-based at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, the 354th EFS deployed more than 300 personnel and 12 A-10C Thunderbolt IIs to Spangdahlem Air Base, Ger-many. After a few days of familiarization flights, the pilots adjusted to the European theater and began training with their NATO allies. Six weeks later, the squadron moved to Câmpia Turzii, Romania, on March 30.

No sooner had the ‘Bulldogs’ touched down back in Arizona when 200 Reservists from the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), active duty airmen, and per-sonnel from the Air National Guard (ANG), along with eight A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from Whiteman AFB, Missouri, arrived at Ämari air base, Estonia on Saturday, August 22.The A-10s from the 303rd Fighter Squadron, which falls under the 442nd Fighter Wing, were in the smallest Baltic state for a three-week flying training deployment as part of Operation ‘Atlantic Resolve’ (OAR), a further phase of the collective security measures to help ensure peace and stability in the region.

They departed out of Ämari air base on September 14 as two separate four-ship cells.

Here is the latest deployment by the 74th EFS:

A full feature on the A-10 deployments in 2015 appears in the new USAF Yearbook – on sale now.

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