494th Fighter Squadron deploys to Romania
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England - Twelve F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th Fighter Squadron departed April 17, to participate in Strike Lance 2009 an exercise at Campia Turzii, Romania.
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Three F-15E Strike Eagles taxi to the runway here April 17, 2009. The 494th Fighter Squadron departed this morning to participate in the Strike Lance 2009 exercise at Campia Turzii, Romania. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)
3 photos: ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Three F-15E Strike Eagles taxi to the runway here April 17, 2009. The 494th Fighter Squadron departed this morning to participate in the Strike Lance 2009 e
Photo 1 of 3: ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Three F-15E Strike Eagles taxi to the runway here April 17, 2009. The 494th Fighter Squadron departed this morning to participate in the Strike Lance 2009 exercise at Campia Turzii, Romania. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston) Download full-resolution version
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off for Campia Turzii, Romania here, April 17, 2009. 494th Fighter Squadron Airmen will have the opportunity to train with MiG-21L's to improve their tactical flying skills. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)
3 photos: ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off for Campia Turzii, Romania here, April 17, 2009. 494th Fighter Squadron Airmen will have the opportunity to train with MiG-2
Photo 2 of 3: ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off for Campia Turzii, Romania here, April 17, 2009. 494th Fighter Squadron Airmen will have the opportunity to train with MiG-21L's to improve their tactical flying skills. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston) Download full-resolution version
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Captain Cathyrine "Lilo" Riddersen, 494th Fighter Squadron weapon systems officer, performs preflight inspections prior to deploying to Campia Turzii, Romania as part of exercise Strike Lance 2009 here April 17, 2009. The exercise will allow the 494th Fighter Squadron an opportunity to train against MiG-21Ls. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)
3 photos: ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Captain Cathyrine "Lilo" Riddersen, 494th Fighter Squadron weapon systems officer, performs preflight inspections prior to deploying to Campia Turzi
Photo 3 of 3: ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Captain Cathyrine "Lilo" Riddersen, 494th Fighter Squadron weapon systems officer, performs preflight inspections prior to deploying to Campia Turzii, Romania as part of exercise Strike Lance 2009 here April 17, 2009. The exercise will allow the 494th Fighter Squadron an opportunity to train against MiG-21Ls. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston) Download full-resolution version
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Three F-15E Strike Eagles taxi to the runway here April 17, 2009. The 494th Fighter Squadron departed this morning to participate in the Strike Lance 2009 exercise at Campia Turzii, Romania. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off for Campia Turzii, Romania here, April 17, 2009. 494th Fighter Squadron Airmen will have the opportunity to train with MiG-21L's to improve their tactical flying skills. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Captain Cathyrine "Lilo" Riddersen, 494th Fighter Squadron weapon systems officer, performs preflight inspections prior to deploying to Campia Turzii, Romania as part of exercise Strike Lance 2009 here April 17, 2009. The exercise will allow the 494th Fighter Squadron an opportunity to train against MiG-21Ls. (Department of Defense photo by Air Force Airman 1st Class Perry Aston)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Twelve F-15E Strike Eagles from the 494th Fighter Squadron departed April 17, to participate in Strike Lance 2009 an exercise at Campia Turzii, Romania.

The exercise will afford the squadron an opportunity to train against MiG-21L's to improve their tactical flying skills.

To support the aircraft, more than 250 Airmen from 12 squadrons here deployed as well.

"The main purpose of this exercise is Theater Security Cooperation," said Air Force Maj. Jason Watson, Strike Lance 2009 project officer. "These help improve NATO relations between the U.S. Air Force and Romania."

Another purpose for the exercise is to allow the F-15 aircrews an opportunity to train against dissimilar aircraft, or aircraft other than F-15Es.

"Typically [when we're here in England] we provide ourselves with our own adversaries [our F-15s] which will replicate the counter tactics," said Air Force Capt. Christopher Koeltzow, a F-15E Weapon Systems Officer with the 494th Fighter Squadron.

The squadron does fly dissimilar training missions with the British, but he said a majority of those missions are "generally interoperability exercises to make sure we're working together seamlessly."

Deploying to exercises such as Strike Lance provides the aircrews an opportunity "to practice our skill sets against dissimilar aircraft" Koeltzow said. "More importantly this exercise, just like here in the United Kingdom, will allow us to practice working alongside another country's Air Force."

The 494th Fighter Squadron is scheduled to be deployed to Romania for two weeks.

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