354th EFS completes historic TSP deployment

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A group of U.S. Air Force maintainers assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron put an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft into a hardened aircraft shelter at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 13, 2015. The A-10s deployed as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The unit will conduct training alongside NATO allies with the goal of strengthening interoperability and enhancing regional security in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

A group of U.S. Air Force maintainers assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron put an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft into a hardened aircraft shelter at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 13, 2015. The A-10s deployed as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The unit will conduct training alongside NATO allies with the goal of strengthening interoperability and enhancing regional security in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron prepares for flight during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. About 300 Airmen and support equipment from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the deployment in Campia Turzii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron prepares for flight during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. About 300 Airmen and support equipment from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the deployment in Campia Turzii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fires its  30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fires its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controller, left, and a member of the Polish Special Forces view an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft flying past during training at Nowe Miasto, Poland, July 21, 2015. The 321st STS worked directly with the PSF to display how combat controllers set up an austere landing strip, communicate landing tactics with pilots and marshal aircraft after they have landed. The aircraft deployed to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to bolster air power capabilities while underscoring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

A 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controller, left, and a member of the Polish Special Forces view an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft flying past during training at Nowe Miasto, Poland, July 21, 2015. The 321st STS worked directly with the PSF to display how combat controllers set up an austere landing strip, communicate landing tactics with pilots and marshal aircraft after they have landed. The aircraft deployed to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to bolster air power capabilities while underscoring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

A 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron patch is displayed on the headset of an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft crew chief during a theater security package deployment to Lask Air Base, Poland, July 13, 2015. The U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training aimed at strengthening interoperability and demonstrating the countries' shared commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

A 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron patch is displayed on the headset of an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft crew chief during a theater security package deployment to Lask Air Base, Poland, July 13, 2015. The U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training aimed at strengthening interoperability and demonstrating the countries' shared commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

A U.S. Air Force crew chief from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fills out paper work during a theater security package deployment at Sliac Air Base, Slovakia, May 22, 2015. More than 40 Airmen from the 354th EFS deployed to Slovakia to participate in a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air Force crew chief from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fills out paper work during a theater security package deployment at Sliac Air Base, Slovakia, May 22, 2015. More than 40 Airmen from the 354th EFS deployed to Slovakia to participate in a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxis during a theater security package deployment at Sliac Air Base, Slovakia, May 19, 2015. The U.S. and Slovak air forces will conduct training aimed to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate the countries' shared commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft pilot assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxis during a theater security package deployment at Sliac Air Base, Slovakia, May 19, 2015. The U.S. and Slovak air forces will conduct training aimed to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate the countries' shared commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Hayde, 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to address the 354th EFS during a change-of-command ceremony May 15, 2015, on the flightline, at Campia Turzii, Romania. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding office to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Hayde, 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to address the 354th EFS during a change-of-command ceremony May 15, 2015, on the flightline, at Campia Turzii, Romania. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding office to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

An A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft flies over the airfield during Exercise Hedgehog May 7, 2015, at Ämari Air Base, Estonia. The A-10 supports Air Force missions around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force's current inventory of strike platforms, including the F-15E Strike Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)
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An A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft flies over the airfield during Exercise Hedgehog May 7, 2015, at Ämari Air Base, Estonia. The A-10 supports Air Force missions around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force's current inventory of strike platforms, including the F-15E Strike Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Three A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft prepare to land at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, May 4, 2015. The U.S. values the shared commitment and close cooperation with NATO allies and partners on countering a range of regional and global threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)
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Three A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft prepare to land at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, May 4, 2015. The U.S. values the shared commitment and close cooperation with NATO allies and partners on countering a range of regional and global threats. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft taxi on the flightline May 1, 2015, at Ämari Air Base, Estonia. The aircraft are deployed to Estonia in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to bolster air power capabilities while underscoring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Forces photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)
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A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft taxi on the flightline May 1, 2015, at Ämari Air Base, Estonia. The aircraft are deployed to Estonia in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to bolster air power capabilities while underscoring the U.S. commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Forces photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, right, shakes the hand of a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during the general's visit to Campia Turzii, Romania, April 16, 2015. The general congratulated the NCO for superior performance in her duties related to Operation Atlantic Resolve while stationed at Campia Turzii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, right, shakes the hand of a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during the general's visit to Campia Turzii, Romania, April 16, 2015. The general congratulated the NCO for superior performance in her duties related to Operation Atlantic Resolve while stationed at Campia Turzii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is displayed during a theater security package deployment at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 15, 2015. The A-10 supports Air Force missions around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force's current inventory of strike platforms, including the F-15 Strike Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released/Released)
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A 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon of a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is displayed during a theater security package deployment at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 15, 2015. The A-10 supports Air Force missions around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force's current inventory of strike platforms, including the F-15 Strike Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Behmer, 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to taxi an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft on the flightline during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 14, 2015. About 200 Airmen and support equipment from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the deployment in Campia Turzii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steven Behmer, 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, prepares to taxi an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft on the flightline during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 14, 2015. About 200 Airmen and support equipment from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, will support the deployment in Campia Turzii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft pilot assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxis to the runway during a theater security package deployment to Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 9, 2015. The pilots will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft pilot assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxis to the runway during a theater security package deployment to Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 9, 2015. The pilots will conduct training alongside NATO allies to strengthen interoperability and demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks at a theater security package announcement at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 18, 2015. This TSP is the first rotational deployment of Airmen in Europe and will train alongside NATO allies to increase interoperability and capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks at a theater security package announcement at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 18, 2015. This TSP is the first rotational deployment of Airmen in Europe and will train alongside NATO allies to increase interoperability and capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released)

A U.S. Air Force pilot sits in an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 13, 2015. The A-10s deployed as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command and United States Air Forces in Europe's continued commitment to the collective security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force pilot sits in an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 13, 2015. The A-10s deployed as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command and United States Air Forces in Europe's continued commitment to the collective security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released)

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fires its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)
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A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fires its 30mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon during a theater security package deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania, April 1, 2015. The aircraft will forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO countries as part of the TSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron completed its theater security package mission throughout Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve July 31, 2015.

The squadron's 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately 300 Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, forward-deployed to Eastern European locations and conduct flying training alongside NATO allies with the goal of strengthening interoperability and enhancing regional security.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command and United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa's continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region.

"This TSP is a long range, strategic capability to allow the Air Force greater flexibility against evolving threats," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, then-3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, during the Feb. 18, 2015, announcement of the TSP at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. "It is not tied to a specific platform or aircraft, but instead is a method of presenting forces at the right time to the right combatant commander. Our abilities must remain agile to sustain and increase regional security."

The 354th EFS participated in 21 exercises, compiling more than 1,500 sorties and nearly 2,700 flight hours while engaging with 22 countries as part of their deployment.

"To the men and women of the 354th EFS, you are a part of an important mission," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Hayde, 354th EFS commander, during his first address to the squadron during a May 15, 2015, change of command ceremony at Campia Turzii, Romania. "That mission has taken this squadron around Europe. We have trained together with our NATO allies. We have forward deployed to multiple locations and proven we can deploy munitions in close proximity to friendly troops in any weather, day or night."

Although a first in Europe, the Air Force has been conducting similar TSP rotations in the Pacific region since 2004.

"These Airmen and A-10s of the 354th EFS provide a strategic symbol as they represent U.S. commitment to European security and stability," said Roberson during an April 17, 2015, media event at Campia Turzii.

The squadron's aircraft and Airmen will return home to Davis-Monthan after deploying out of Spangdahlem since Feb. 13, 2015.

"As our adopted sisters and brothers of the 354th EFS Bulldogs redeploy home, they can be proud of the hard work they've put in and all they've accomplished toward assuring our NATO allies and enhancing our collective combat capability and readiness," said Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander. "As the first unit to deploy in support of Europe's first TSP, they've set the bar for future TSP units on effective partnering with our allies to ensure the safety and stability of the alliance. Moreover, they have done so with class and a can-do attitude while operating at multiple locations with the leanest of support. A huge thanks for a job well done!"