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F-15E Strike Eagles bolster U.S. defense posture in the Middle East

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  • Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) Public Affairs
The 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft arrived in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, October 13, to bolster the U.S. posture and enhance air operations throughout the Middle East.

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The aircraft’s advanced systems and targeting capabilities enable U.S. forces to respond to any crisis or contingency, and if necessary, engage and defeat adversaries.

Arrival of the 494th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron follows the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s movement into theater, increasing U.S. Central Command’s air power. These force posture augmentations build on the arrival of the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, which includes an embarked air wing and accompanying cruisers and destroyers.

“The U.S. military is committed to the enduring safety and security across the Middle East,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Alexus G. Grynkewich, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) and Combined Forces Air Component Command Commander. “By posturing advanced fighters and integrating with joint and coalition forces, we are strengthening our partnerships and reinforcing security in the region.”

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