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An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron flies overhead in support of exercise Point Blank 20-4 at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 10, 2020. Exercises like Point Blank increase interoperability and collective readiness with other NATO forces, deter potential adversaries and ensure the skies above the European theater remain sovereign. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
Two F-15C Eagles, assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron, are parked on the flightline prior to evening take-offs at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 8, 2020. Night Flying Exercises provide 48th Fighter Wing aircrew and support personnel the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defence of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron fuels systems maintenance shop, tow an F-15C Eagle into the hangar during an Agile Combat Employment training at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 31, 2020. Proficiency in a multitude of skills allows Airmen to more effectively and efficiently respond to unique scenarios and potential threats, which is a key aspect of the ACE initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Ababan, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Fabrication Flight, performs tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding on a piece of metal at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 15, 2020. The Fabrication Flight maintains the structural integrity of aircraft using specialized tools and equipment to repair damage and fabricate replacement parts, ensuring the 48th Fighter Wing remains a ready and capable force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress leads a formation of U.S. F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles and Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16's over the North Sea during exercise Point Blank 20-04. Point Blank is a recurring, low-cost exercise initiative designed to increase tactical proficiency of U.S., Ministry of Defence, and other NATO forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Matthew Plew)
Base contractors strip the flooring from the Lakenheath Elementary School cafeteria at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 11, 2020. The 48th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen and base contractors overhauled the tri-base schools focusing on COVID-safe infrastructure upgrades to support school operations, serving over 2,000 students. (U. S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shanice Williams-Jones)

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