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US and Royal Saudi Air Forces conduct exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM area of responsibility


Members of the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing performed a hot pit refuel of F-15E Strike Eagles from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, following a large formation flight in support of Exercise Desert Eagle at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sept. 10, 2020.

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US and Royal Saudi Air Forces conduct exercise Desert Eagle in CENTCOM area of responsibility 925 001 A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing February 13, 2020, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (Picture source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandria Brun)


Exercise Desert Eagle was designed to highlight the execution of agile combat employment and deliver air dominance within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagles, F-15E Strike Eagles, and Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SAs participated, highlighting force integration and partnership.

Following the flight, F-15E Strike Eagles prepared for a rapid refuel at Prince Sultan Air Base.

Rapid refuels allow maintenance and logistics readiness Airmen to receive the aircraft and quickly return pilots back to projecting airpower in the region.

Airmen from the 44th Aircraft Maintenance Unit and 378th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants section received the 332nd F-15E Strike Eagles at the hot pit refuelling pad. Within an hour, both aircraft were refuelled and ready for takeoff from Prince Sultan Air Base.

U.S. Air Forces Central Airmen are executing a mission of national, regional and global importance, delivering dominant coalition airpower to secure and stabilize the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

In close coordination with valued partners, AFCENT continues to evaluate and validate the ability to project air power from established and austere locations.

Prince Sultan Air Base Airmen will continue to be a force multiplier for the region by building a more agile force that is resilient in capability and partnership.