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'Triple Nickel' returns to Afghanistan, continues counterterrorism operations

April 27, 2017 (by SSgt. Benjamin Gonsier) - Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, from Aviano Air Base, Italy, deployed to Afghanistan in support of the premiere counterterrorism wing.

USAF F-16C block 40 #89-2035 from the 555th EFS lands at Bagram airfield on April 25th, 2017. The 555th EFS deployed to Bagram airfield as part of a rotation of fighters, which have had a constant presence in Afghanistan for more than a decade. [USAF photo by SSgt. Benjamin Gonsier]

The 555th EFS is replacing the 79th EFS, from Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, who spent the last six months at Bagram Air Field.

“Since its inception in 1942, the ‘Triple Nickel’ has been vital in multiple conflicts and will add to its proud combat heritage during this deployment,” said Lt. Col. David Seitz, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group deputy commander. “They have provided combat capabilities from Bagram Airfield for years, and will continue to deliver decisive airpower once again during their time here.”

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.

Fighter aircraft have had a continuous rotational presence at Bagram Air Field, enabling a successful train, advise and assist campaign.

Courtesy of 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs