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44th EFS securing CENTCOM's skies

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  • By Staff Sgt. Giovanni Sims
  • 378 Air Expeditionary Wing

A squadron of U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles, with the 44th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed from Kadena Air Base, Japan and have settled at the 378th Expeditionary Operations Group.

These F-15Cs, known as the “Vampire Bats,” provide air superiority in support of joint and coalition combat operations.

“We are honored to join the Prince Sultan Air Base team and partner with the Royal Saudi Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Corrigan, 44th EFS commander. “We look forward to strengthening the coalition as we continue to provide stability to the region.”

As one of the more powerful fighter aircraft active today, the Eagle already performs many missions in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility.

"It is great to see the Vampire Bats here at PSAB.  As an F-16 pilot, I have trained with Eagles throughout my career," said Col. Robert Raymond, 378th EOG commander. "The F-15C brings an important capability to the AOR, enabling the coalition to maintain air superiority against any threat we may face. It's an extremely capable fighter."

The 378th Air Expeditionary Wing grows daily. Its Airmen continue to ensure PSAB is a premiere base, supporting allies and deterring aggression in the region.

"Since the wing’s activation in December, we’ve been home to four different deployed fighter squadrons," Raymond said. "Our ability to support, maintain and operate such a wide variety of U.S. military aircraft is a testament to our Airmen, Soldiers, Marines, and Saudi partners.  It truly demonstrates the importance of Prince Sultan Air Base in promoting regional stability while remaining ready to respond to any contingency."