US, Romania partner in F-15C, MiG flight training

A U.S. Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot assigned to the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron lands during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. U.S. Air Force fighter squadrons have previously deployed as part of similar theater security packages to the Pacific theater since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot assigned to the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron lands during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. U.S. Air Force fighter squadrons have previously deployed as part of similar theater security packages to the Pacific theater since 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft assigned to the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies over the flightline during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. More than 200 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Oregon, started training with the Romanian air force as part of a European theater security package of F-15C Eagles deployed to Romania. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft assigned to the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron flies over the flightline during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. More than 200 Airmen from the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Oregon, started training with the Romanian air force as part of a European theater security package of F-15C Eagles deployed to Romania. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard crew chief from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron salutes the pilot of an U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. The aircraft deployed to Romania 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 Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard crew chief from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron salutes the pilot of an U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. The aircraft deployed to Romania 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 Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard crew chief from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron performs pre-flight checks on a U.S. ANG F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. The U.S. Air Force’s forward presence in Europe allows cooperation among NATO allies and partners to develop and improve ready air forces capable of maintaining regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

A U.S. Air National Guard crew chief from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron performs pre-flight checks on a U.S. ANG F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft during a theater security package deployment July 7, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania. The U.S. Air Force’s forward presence in Europe allows cooperation among NATO allies and partners to develop and improve ready air forces capable of maintaining regional security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released)

CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- The sound of F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft engines roaring down the runway seems like a normal thing for the Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, Portland, Oregon, to hear.

However, seeing Romanian MiG-21 fighter aircraft following behind their F-15Cs may be a new experience for these Guardsmen.

But sights and sounds like these together are a regular occurrence as the European theater security package continues.

The ANG Airmen, along with active-duty U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, serve in various roles for the TSP while stationed at Campia Turzii, Romania, as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Since arriving to the country, the Airmen have performed routine flying missions and become accustomed to the Transylvanian airspace. They will soon begin working with the Romanian air force pilots and their MiG-21s.

With building their partnership in mind, both sides shared objectives they hope to achieve from the training.

"We continue to work on our interoperability," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd EFS commander. "If we come back, hopefully we have made those connections and made those standards so it is easier to quickly pick up where we left off."

Romanian air force Cmdr. Marius Oatu, 71st Air Base commander, also remarked on the two countries working together to learn from each other. 

"The fact that the Stars and Stripes are standing near the colors of the Romanian flag are a guarantee for success generally speaking," Oatu said. "We have a great opportunity to train together and practice tactics and procedures together with the Airmen from the 123rd EFS."

In addition to allowing the U.S. and Romanian air forces to work together, the training demonstrates the United States' commitment to a peaceful Europe.

"All these exercises are a great opportunity to tighten the bond between the United States and Romania," Oatu said.