On April 10th, 2023, 10 F16s of the 480th Fighter Squadron's returned to Spangdahlem Air Base after an extensive four-month deployment in Japan.
Throughout their time in Japan, the F16s performed daily missions with the objective of strengthening the United States' posture in the region and building a stronger alliance with Japan.
As the F16s made their way back home, they stopped at the Al Udeid Air Force Base for refueling, but unfortunately, 2 out of the 12 F16s went missing along the route. The remaining 10 F16s continued on their journey with the support of 3 KC10 aircraft, which were responsible for providing the fighter jets with necessary refueling support. The KC10s eventually landed at Spangdahlem along with the F16s, and they remained there for two days before heading back to their home base.
The 4th Fighter Wing with his F15Es, normally based at Seymour Johnson AFB is assuming responsibility from the Spangdahlemner Squadron and embarking on their journey to Kadena. And it underscores the ongoing commitment of the United States to maintaining a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region.