“Triple Nickel” arrives at BAF
By Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 27, 2015
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --
Airmen assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, known
as the “Triple Nickel,” from Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrived here April 27 in
support of operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support.
During their six month tenure at BAF, members of the
Triple Nickel will assume the responsibility of
providing over-watch and close-air-support for ground units in Afghanistan.
“First and foremost,
we’re here to protect the guys on the ground,” said Lt.
Col. Byron Pompa, 555th FS commander. “Our guys couldn’t be happier to be here.
We’ve prepared for the last six months to a year for this moment and our young
guys are chomping at the bit to get in there and see some action.”
The 555th FS is taking the reins from the Airmen of
the 4th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, following their six
month rotation to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
The mission of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing is
to provide decisive combat airpower in support of efforts to ensure a sovereign
and stable Afghanistan that isn’t a safe haven for international terrorists.