More than 250 Airmen and 12 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing recently deployed to Amari Air Base, Estonia, as part of a Theater Security Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The TSP provides a robust U.S. military presence in the European theater, capable of deterring and responding to regional threats.
During the TSP the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct large-force employment training alongside NATO allies and regional partners in an effort to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. The U.S. Air Force routinely deploys aircraft and personnel to Europe.
“Everybody’s kinda happy, you know. In a good mood and everything, you know, because it’s just what you do,” said 180FW’s Wing Commander, Col. Kevin V. Doyle “It’s the beginning of something new, so they’re excited as they go out the door to do something that a lot of them have never done before.”
Air National Guard leaders said family support is important.
“Being able to have the family support is critical. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Ohio Air National Guard’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Mark E. Bartman. “I always say ‘Recruit an airman, but retain a family.’ So being able to make sure that the family understands why we’re doing what we do and that support is there is absolutely important.”