Oregon National Guard leadership visit 123rd EFS
By Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 27, 2015
CAMPIA TURZII, Romania --
Leaders from the Oregon National Guard visited the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron during an immersion visit July 22, 2015, at Campia Turzii, Romania.
U.S. National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Oregon National Guard Adjutant General, U.S. Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz, command chief, Oregon Air National Guard, U.S. ANG Col. Paul Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing commander and U.S. ANG Chief Master Sgt. Julie Eddings, 142nd FW command chief, visited Airmen of the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron stationed there as part of the Theater Security Package.
The U.S. Air Force's 123rd EFS F-15 Eagle aircraft and the Romanian air force's 71st Air Base's MiG-21 fighter aircraft partnered together for training to enhance both nations' joint capabilities and ensure a stronger partnership as a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
"The relationships they are building here with the Romanians is something that will last for years and just critical to what we do," said Hokanson.
While participating in this TSP, the squadron also participated in a Romanian air show celebrating their air force birthday.
"We're very proud of what we've done, and it's good to be able to show some of the folks back home of what we've been able to accomplish in such a short time, how everybody has been able to take their jobs from home and do it in an austere location and with a lot less resources and still get the mission done," said U.S. Air National Guard Lt. Col. Sean Sullivan, 123rd EFS commander.
More than 200 U.S. ANG Airmen from Oregon and active duty Airmen from across U.S. Air Forces in Europe serve in various operations, maintenance, mission support, medical and wing staff functions there, reflecting a combat capable force able to respond to a wide variety of operations.
"Every time I visit this unit they impress me," Hokanson said. "Great Airmen doing wonderful things."