A quartet of Oregon Air National Guard F-15Cs and support personnel from the 123rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have wrapped up a short visit to Kecskemet AB, Hungary, announced US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa officials Sept. 17. The Air Guardsmen arrived earlier this month to train with Hungarian counterparts and test their ability to conduct combined air operations out of the base. The fighters are from the 142nd Fighter Wing at Portland, Ore., and are deployed to Europe this summer as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The F-15Cs visited Hungary from their forward deployment to Campia Turzii, Romania, in order to collaborate and train with the Hungarian air force. Training activities included integrating communications and gaining proficiency working with Hungarian equipment and operating out of new facilities, 123rd EFS officials noted. The Hungary deployment marked the first ANG F-15C deployment to the country as part of OAR. “It’s important for the Guard to show that we are helping to support the Active Duty and all the missions that are out there,” said Lt. Col. David Christensen, the 123rd EFS director of operations.
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