KEFLAVIK, Iceland -- Six F-15Cs comprised from the Louisiana and Florida Air National Guard and approximately 280 support Airmen and equipment from the 125th Fighter Wing, Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Fla., deployed as the 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron to Keflavik, Iceland, to conduct an air surveillance mission in support of NATO Alliance commitments. The aircraft arrived in Iceland Aug. 23.
While deployed, the Airmen will conduct aerial training, including aerial refueling with one KC-135 Stratotanker from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., and one KC-10 from the 514th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
The United States has conducted the NATO mission in Iceland annually since 2008 and continues to demonstrate commitment to NATO and the security of Europe.
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U.S. European Command is one of the United States’ two forward-deployed Geographic Combatant Commands whose area of focus cover almost one-fifth of the planet, including all of Europe, large portions of Asia, parts of the Middle East and the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The command is responsible for military relations with NATO and 51 countries with a total population of close to a billion people.