PRESS RELEASE: 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deploys to Lithuania
By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published August 29, 2017
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission Aug. 29, 2017.
The U.S. Air Force will officially assume command of the current BAP mission from the Polish military on Aug. 30. During the deployment, U.S. Airmen will continue to build upon shared values, experiences and vision to strengthen the bond between Baltic allies through shared capabilities and coordinated efforts to effectively accomplish missions.
U.S. participation in this mission underscores its unwavering pledge to NATO to ensure a safe and stable future for the Baltics while preserving the integrity of NATO’s borders. This action comes at the request of Baltic allies and further demonstrates U.S. commitment to the security of fellow NATO nations under Article 5.