Bulgaria, US commence joint air policing

A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle lands on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle lands on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle remains parked on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 7, 2016. Four F-15Cs assigned to the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle remains parked on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 7, 2016. Four F-15Cs assigned to the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

The sign for the Bulgarian air force base Graf Ignatievo remains on display inside the main entrance of Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016.  Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

The sign for the Bulgarian air force base Graf Ignatievo remains on display inside the main entrance of Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

The NATO and Bulgarian flags fly inside the main entrance of Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016.  Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

The NATO and Bulgarian flags fly inside the main entrance of Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A Bulgarian air force Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft assigned to the 3rd Air Force Base flies over the flightline during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A Bulgarian air force Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft assigned to the 3rd Air Force Base flies over the flightline during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A Bulgarian air force Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft assigned to the 3rd Air Force Base flies releases its parachute during a landing on the flightline during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A Bulgarian air force Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft assigned to the 3rd Air Force Base flies releases its parachute during a landing on the flightline during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guards’ F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

Two Bulgarian air force Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft assigned to the 3rd Air Force Base take off from the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guard's F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Two Bulgarian air force Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft assigned to the 3rd Air Force Base take off from the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts Air National Guard's F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Pedro Aguillar, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons craftsman, lifts an AIM-9 sidewinder missile to be loaded into an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Pedro Aguillar, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons craftsman, lifts an AIM-9 sidewinder missile to be loaded into an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Moau Koau, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons craftsman, affixes wings on an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Moau Koau, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons craftsman, affixes wings on an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Master Sgt. Audra Jimenez, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons craftsman, affixes an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile onto an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Master Sgt. Audra Jimenez, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons craftsman, affixes an AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missile onto an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Ohman, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, speaks during an interview with one of his squadron’s aircraft in the background on the flightline during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts ANGs’ F-15Cs and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th EFS deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)
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California Air National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Ohman, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, speaks during an interview with one of his squadron’s aircraft in the background on the flightline during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts ANGs’ F-15Cs and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th EFS deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft prepares to land on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft prepares to land on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle takes off from the flightline on Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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A California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle takes off from the flightline on Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron patch remains affixed to the flightsuit of a California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot inside the squadron’s flight operations room at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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A 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron patch remains affixed to the flightsuit of a California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot inside the squadron’s flight operations room at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Maj. Brett Faber, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, looks at the controls of his aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Maj. Brett Faber, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, looks at the controls of his aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Two California Air National Guard F-15C Eagles fly over a Bulgarian Flag near the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15C Eagles will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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Two California Air National Guard F-15C Eagles fly over a Bulgarian Flag near the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s F-15C Eagles will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Zechery Blackburn, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, watches as an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft prepares to taxi from the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Zechery Blackburn, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, watches as an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft prepares to taxi from the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Capt. Matthew Young, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, speaks with crew chiefs on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Capt. Matthew Young, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilot, speaks with crew chiefs on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Gillaspy, 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron equipment maintenance superintendent, smiles while speaking with Airmen at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Gillaspy, 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron equipment maintenance superintendent, smiles while speaking with Airmen at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

A collection of helmets belonging to California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilots remain on a table at the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s flight operations room at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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A collection of helmets belonging to California Air National Guard F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft pilots remain on a table at the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s flight operations room at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Tee Xiong, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, cleans the windshield of an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Tee Xiong, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, cleans the windshield of an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

Massachusetts Air National Guard Senior Airman Tim Bennett, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron munitions systems journeyman, places a container of chaffs into a transport container inside a hardened aircraft shelter on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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Massachusetts Air National Guard Senior Airman Tim Bennett, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron munitions systems journeyman, places a container of chaffs into a transport container inside a hardened aircraft shelter on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Zechery Blackburn, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, signals to the pilot of an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
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California Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Zechery Blackburn, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron crew chief, signals to the pilot of an F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft on the flightline at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 8, 2016. Four of the squadron’s F-15Cs will conduct joint NATO air policing missions with the Bulgarian air force to police the host nation’s sovereign airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)

California Air National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Ohman, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, tests a radio warning system out of their squadron’s flight operations room during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts ANGs’ F-15Cs and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th EFS deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)
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California Air National Guard Lt. Col. Matthew Ohman, a 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15C Eagle pilot, tests a radio warning system out of their squadron’s flight operations room during joint NATO air policing at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, Sept. 9, 2016. Four California and Massachusetts ANGs’ F-15Cs and approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th EFS deployed to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, and will stand ready as interceptors, prepared to quickly react to any violations and infringements for policing of Bulgarian airspace Sept. 9-16, 2016. The squadron forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where they serve on a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

GRAF IGNATIEVO, Bulgaria --

The United States and Bulgarian air forces will conduct the first ever joint NATO air policing mission in Bulgaria, Sept. 9-16.

The air policing mission enables on-demand response capabilities, which serve to mitigate and deter violations and infringements on Bulgarian sovereign airspace.

Working alongside the Bulgarian air force are four F-15C Eagle fighter aircraft from the California and Massachusetts Air National Guards, along with approximately 75 Airmen from the 194th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.

“It’s quite an honor to be the first-ever U.S. or NATO participant here in Bulgaria for this mission,” said Calif. ANG Lt. Col. Matthew Ohman, a 194th EFS F-15C pilot. “It’s awesome just to be able to work with the people here who have gone out of their way to really facilitate our being here.”

The Bulgarian Parliament approved joint national air policing in February 2016. The U.S. Air Force has regularly supported NATO allies to defend their airspace in line with security commitments to NATO.  The 194th EFS previously conducted joint air policing in Iceland in March 2016, which marked the first of its kind under the concurrent Operation Atlantic Resolve mission.

The 194th EFS aircraft forward deployed to Graf Ignatievo from Campia Turzii, Romania, where the squadron serves as a theater security package deployment to Europe as a part of OAR.

The squadron represents a total force endeavor, comprised of ANG and Reserve Airmen from the 144th Fighter Wing at Fresno ANG Base, California, and the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes ANG Base, Massachusetts, alongside active-duty Airmen in support roles from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

“This is something that we do naturally back in Fresno at the 144th [Fighter Wing],” said Calif. ANG Lt. Col. Cesar Gonzalez, 194th EFS aircraft maintenance commander. “Our Guardsmen protect, and we’re on alert protecting the home front and the western front. What a great opportunity to do the same for the Eastern Bloc of Europe.”

Gonzalez also said both the joint air policing and the theater security package deployment will also allow 194th EFS to remain current on their training with their active-duty counterparts while assisting a NATO ally police the integrity of its borders.

“It’s important that we are standing side-by-side with our NATO allies,” he said. “We are committed to the security of Europe and helping Bulgaria and countries who ask for our help.”

The 194th EFS has carried out bilateral flight operations to bolster interoperability among NATO allies and partner nations like the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Iceland since their deployment began in March 2016.