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104th Fighter Wing in Action

F-15C Eagles take off as part of a training exercise Nov. 4, 2022, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. The 104th Fighter Wing is trained to provide around-the-clock Aerospace Control Alert, providing armed F-15 fighters ready to scramble in a moment’s notice to protect the northeast United States from any airborne threat. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Randy Burlingame)
F-15C Eagles take off as part of a training exercise Nov. 4, 2022, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. The 104th Fighter Wing is trained to provide around-the-clock Aerospace Control Alert, providing armed F-15 fighters ready to scramble in a moment’s notice to protect the northeast United States from any airborne threat. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Randy Burlingame)
F-15C Eagles take off as part of a training exercise Nov. 4, 2022, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Randy Burlingame)
F-15C Eagles take off as part of a training exercise Nov. 4, 2022, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Randy Burlingame)
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Brig. Gen David Eaglin visiting Exercise Keen Sword 23

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th Wing commander, greets Airman 1st Class Catherine McManamon, 372nd Training Squadron crew chief, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. McManamon launched Eaglin in support of Exercise Keen Sword 23. Exercises like Keen Sword allow Japan Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military forces to work together across a variety of areas to enhance interoperability and readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Redin)
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th Wing commander, inspects an F-15C Eagle prior to his flight at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Redin)
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Eaglin, 18th wing commander, smiles as he performs pre-flight checks on an F-15C Eagle at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 17, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Redin)
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Eagles retiring from Kadena AB

Air Force to replace F-15s on Okinawa with more advanced fighters on rotation.

TOKYO — The Air Force will withdraw its two squadrons of F-15 fighters on Okinawa over two years starting Tuesday and replace them with rotational squadrons of more advanced fighters, an Air Force spokeswoman said Friday.

A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle, assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron, takes off on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Oct. 24, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rhett Isbell)

The Department of Defense “will commence a phased withdrawal” of F-15 C/D Strike Eagles deployed to Kadena Air Base, spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in an emailed statement provided by Kadena to Stars and Stripes on Friday evening.

Published reports Thursday and Friday said the rotational aircraft will come initially from F-22 squadrons in Alaska.

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194th Fighter Squadron Eagle Livery

That’s Tail Flash 85-113, which recently reached more than 10,000 flight hours. To celebrate, members of the 144th Fighter Wing painted the aircraft with in this special paint scheme. 

On these photos 85-113  was flown for the first time today after receiving the paint job to conduct a functional test flight. (U.S. Air National Guard photos by Master Sgt. Charles Vaughn & Staff Sgt. Mercedes Taylor)

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67th Fighter Squadron at Pitch Black 2022 part II

A 67th Fighter Squadron Exercise Pitch Black 2022 patch is displayed during PB22 Open Day at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Australia, Aug. 27, 2022. PB22 is the latest in long standing, multilateral exercises designed to enhance participating countries’ air operations. This year, 17 nations are participating in PB22, and is scheduled from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Savannah L. Waters)
Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron sit on the parking ramp in preparation for Pitch Black 2022 night missions at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Aug. 31, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Katie Mueller)
Eagles assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron sit on the parking ramp in preparation for Pitch Black 2022 night missions at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Aug. 31, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Katie Mueller)