FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The 122nd Fighter Wing, based at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, has deployed eight A-10 Thunderbolt II jets and approximately 140 Airmen to an air base in Slovakia, located in Central Europe as part of a month long training exercise known as Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Details of the deployment were sent out Tuesday morning in an email from MSgt Darin Hubble, Base Public Affairs Superintendent for the 122nd Fighter Wing.
The Airmen will be involved with training alongside members of the Slovakian military and they’ll also take part in cross-border training with other aircraft in the region deployed by the U.S. Air Force and NATO. According to the email, the deployment “continues to demonstrate our commitment to our allies and our deterrence efforts against Russia.”
The 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which is part of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Squadron will be flying with the Slovakian Air Force to demonstrate Close Air Support capabilities and there will also be classroom activities aimed at further integrating the two air forces.
The unit will also be participating in cross-border flights with deployed U.S. Air Force total-force partners flying F-16’s, KC-135’s, C-130’s and Allied Nation Air Forces.
This is the first deployment of the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron to Sliač Air Base, Slovakia. However according to the air guard, Indiana has had a partnership with Slovakia since 1993.
In addition to the members deployed to Slovakia, by the end of July 2016 the 122nd Fighter Wing will have in excess of an additional 150
members deployed throughout the world in support of Operation Inherent Resolve The 122nd Fighter Wing has had service members volunteer for deployments around the world since 9-11, to locations including Iraq, Afghanistan, Spain, Japan and within the United States among other locations.