Airmen and a dozen A-10s from Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., deployed to Romania as part of a rotational tour to train with allied air forces and assure NATO’s Eastern European members of the United States’ commitment to European security, according to a rele?ase. The Davis-Monthan contingent arrived on March 30 at Campia Turzii, Romania. These airmen will spend the first portion of their 90-day deployment there, flying with Romanian air force MiG-21s, and also working with US Air Force personnel and equipment from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, as part of the Dacian Thunder 2015 exercise, states the release. The A-10 force will then move on to other locations in Eastern Europe for additional training with other allies. This expeditionary fighter force represents a theater security package, a rotational presence of forces from the US mainland to bolster the assets available to US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa. The United States began these rotations after Russia aggression in Ukraine last year. US F-16s from Spangdahlem recently participated in the Dacian Warhawk 2015 exercise in Romania, and A-10s participated in Dacian Thunder in 2012.
When the Air Force sets a new program baseline for the B-52 re-engining this fall, there will be “some” cost increase, because the project wasn't previously fully funded, and the Air Force has a better handle on actual supplier costs and knowledge from ground testing, program officials said.