The U.S. Air Power has deployed the 555th Fighter Squadron generally generally known as “Triple Nickel” to the Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) space of duty for the primary time in 15 years.
“The 555th Fighter Squadron has deployed right here to offer war-winning air energy and deterrence to the area,” the Air Forces message states.
One of many greatest fanatics of the Triple Nickel and their F-16 Combating Falcons being within the area is U.S. Air Power Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command and former commander of the 555th FS, from October 2003 to July 2005.
“So much has modified since I used to be the commander of the Triple Nickel,” Guastella mentioned, whereas assembly with the present Triple Nickel commander for the primary time on the Al Udeid Air Base flight line. “The extent that they’re at now far exceeds something that we had been at again then, which makes me proud to be an American and thrilled to have them right here in the present day. From our pilots in addition to our maintainers, persevering with to generate world-class fight airpower in spite of everything this time makes me actually proud.”
For a squadron with greater than 75 years of aviation lineage, this task is nothing new to the warfighters of the Triple Nickel, deployed from the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Main the cost is the 555th FS commander, U.S. Air Power Lt. Col Beau Diers.
“The Triple Nickel is quickly cell, we’re deadly and we’re able to ship multi-role air-to-ground, air-to-air and stand off munitions anyplace, anytime,” Diers mentioned. “The identical esprit de corps and warrior mentality exists within the squadron courting all the way in which again to World Battle II, to Vietnam, and to numerous deployments to the CENTCOM space of duty. The pilots and maintainers are prepared and we’re completely happy to be right here.”
Apart from fight air energy, the 555th FS additionally performs air and house management and drive utility roles of counter-air, strategic assault and counter-land, together with interdiction and close-air assist in assist of the joint, NATO, and mixed operations.
“We carry lots with this squadron and all of the fight forces right here carry lots to this theater,” Guastella mentioned as he ready to fly a mission in a Triple Nickel F-16. “It’s a message of assurance to our companions, and it’s a message of deterrence to anybody on this area that desires to disrupt peace and stability. We’re honored to be right here and carry out our critically necessary mission for our nation and for our coalition.”