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Thursday, February 12, 2015

A-10s headed back to Spangdahlem for 6-month rotation

The Air Force will deploy 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and about 300 airmen from the States to Spangdahlem Air Base for six months, a move intended to bolster regional security as fighting continues to escalate in eastern Ukraine, the service announced Tuesday.

The close-air support Warthogs — which the Air Force has been pushing to retire from the fleet — are expected to arrive at Spangdahlem by the end of the week, said Capt. Sybil Taunton, spokeswoman for U.S. Air Forces in Europe–Air Forces Africa.

The European deployment is part of a so-called theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the military’s response to the Ukraine crisis.

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