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PRESS RELEASE: 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deploys to Lithuania

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John A. Crawford)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John A. Crawford)

F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron prepare to depart Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission.(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron prepare to depart Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission.(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron takes off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

F-15C Eagles assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron take off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John A. Crawford)

F-15C Eagles assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron take off from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John A. Crawford)

Pilots from the 493rd Fighter Squadron prepare to depart Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017, for a deployment to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. The U.S. Air Force will officially assume command of the current BAP mission from the Polish military on Aug. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

Pilots from the 493rd Fighter Squadron prepare to depart Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017, for a deployment to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. The U.S. Air Force will officially assume command of the current BAP mission from the Polish military on Aug. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot and aircrew from the 48th Fighter Wing complete pre-flight checks prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot and aircrew from the 48th Fighter Wing complete pre-flight checks prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles as the 48th Air Expeditionary Group to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot completes pre-flight checks prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. During a deployment to support the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission, 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. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot completes pre-flight checks prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. During a deployment to support the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission, 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. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A pilot from the 493rd Fighter Squadron climbs into an F-15C Eagle prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A pilot from the 493rd Fighter Squadron climbs into an F-15C Eagle prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. The 48th Fighter Wing has deployed approximately 140 Airmen and seven F-15C Eagles to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania to assume control of the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot completes pre-flight checks prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. During a deployment to support the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission, 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. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

A 493rd Fighter Squadron pilot completes pre-flight checks prior to departing Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Aug. 29, 2017. During a deployment to support the NATO Baltic Air Policing peacetime collective defense mission, 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. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Burks)

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.