F-22 Raptors demonstrate air superiority in CENTCOM Published June 14, 2023 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from Langley Air Force Base, Va.’s 94th Fighter Squadron, recently deployed to the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility as part of a multifaceted show of support and capability in the region. The deployment occurred in the wake of increasingly aggressive and unprofessional behavior by Russian aircraft in the region. The F-22’s combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and mission systems makes it the best fifth-generation fighter in the world. While in the CENTCOM area, the 94th FS will integrate with coalition forces on the ground and in the air. “The U.S. is committed to remaining postured and prepared with the full range of combat capability to defend U.S. and Coalition forces and interests,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander and Combined Forces Air Component Commander for U.S. Central Command. “The fact that we were able to quickly and seamlessly reposition our forces across combatant commands proves that we can deliver overwhelming power at a moment’s notice, at any time, and any place.” This rapid deployment and integration into Coalition operations is a clear demonstration of the commitment shared by partners, allies, and the U.S. to long-term peace and stability in the region.