U.S. deploys Air Force F-35 fighter to Germany in fear of “Russian invasion”

The United States has deployed fighters in Germany, the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) announced in a statement Wednesday.

Several F-35A Lightning II fighters arrived at the Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany on Wednesday. Pilots, maintainers, support personnel From the active duty of the 388th Fighter Wing and 419th Fighter Wing, the Air Force’s first F-35A Writing II unit for active combat.

“Our Air Force and aircraft were ready to go. Thank you for their hard work and all the support we received to get out of the door from Hill Air Force Base,” said 388th Fighter Wing. Colonel Craig Andre, commander of the corps, said: statement.. “This deployment proves that we can quickly bring the F-35A’s capabilities to the Air Force anywhere in the world.”

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The Crew Chief of the 388th Fighter Wing will marshall the F-35A Lightning II for deployment at the Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany on February 15, 2022. (Captain Kip Sumner / US Air Force)

According to AFRC, this development is “full cooperation of the German government”, “strengthening preparations, strengthening NATO’s collective defense posture, and further enhancing its ability to integrate aviation with the Allies and its partners.” Is aimed at. “Aircraft are equipped for various missions to deter attacks and protect allies in the event of deterrence failure.”

“We are facing a dynamic environment, and this deployment will significantly enhance NATO’s defense support,” said Jeff Harizian, US Air Force Commander and Allied Air Force Commander in Europe and Air Force Africa. The general said in a statement.

In addition to deploying the F-35A, the United States has deployed eight F-15E fighters at Lask and six refueling aircraft (KC-135 Stratotankers) at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

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On June 13, 2017, the US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Force Refueling Building in RAF Mildenhall, England was photographed. (Staff Sergeant Micaiah Anthony / US Air Force)

“These deployments are in full coordination with the host country and NATO military authorities, and although temporary, wise steps to strengthen preparations and strengthen NATO’s collective defense during this uncertain period. That’s what the AFRC statement said.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon sent 3,000 people to its Eastern European allies (Germany, Poland, Romania) to boost the Allies in a statement from the western leaders of Russia’s imminent invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Announced that it plans to send troops.

On February 15, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that he was withdrawing some troops near the Ukrainian border. Russian troops were participating in military exercises in the area. The number of troops Russia had sought to withdraw was unknown.

On the same day, President Joe Biden said in a speech that more than 150,000 Russian soldiers were gathering along the Ukrainian border, that the United States “has not yet confirmed” that the troops have withdrawn, and that He warned that Russia’s invasion was “still very numerous.” possibility. “

On February 16, NATO officials said Moscow was still adding troops to its border with Ukraine.

“We have never seen the withdrawal of Russian troops, and of course, that is inconsistent with the message of diplomatic efforts,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stortenberg told reporters. “What we are seeing is that they are increasing the number of troops and more troops are on their way. So far, there is no escalation.”

Late February 16th, an executive of the Biden administration told reporters: .. Officials added that the announcement by the Kremlin to withdraw troops from Ukraine was false.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on February 16 that Western media was about to wage war in Eastern Europe. “Unfortunately for many Western mass media, the war did not begin again. They made great efforts to make it happen,” she said. TASS News Agency..

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on February 14 that the United States would relocate its embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, to Lviv, “because of the dramatic acceleration of Russian military buildup.” Biden administration officials said the day before Russia had plans to attack Ukraine. Probably before the end of the Winter Olympics on February 20th. However, no details or evidence were provided.

Mimi Nguyen Lee


Mimi Nguyen Ly is a reporter who covers world news with a focus on US news. She is based in Australia and has a background in clinical optometry. Contact Mimi at [email protected]

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