Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the jets and operational staff from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Colonel Evan Pettus, Commander of the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, said: “As an airman there is nothing more exciting then seeing a new aircraft show up on your flight line.
Our footprint consists of three districts (East, West, South), operating in eight countries.
Do DEA Pacific operates 49 schools that serve over 23,500 children of active duty military and civilian employees.
Operations from its runways have included the US bombing of Libya in 1986, code-named the El Dorado Canyon raids.
The wing was also the first F-111 fighter unit to deploy to the First Gulf War during the operations code-named Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Do DEA operates 168 schools in 8 districts located in 11 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Approximately 8,700 educators serve more than 73,000 Do DEA students.