Raptors, from Alaska to Guam
Approximately 130 Airmen and five F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, are deployed to Guam for two weeks to fulfill security requirements in the Asia Pacific region.
During the deployment, the Airmen will participate in exercises Jungle Shield and Cope Thaw.
Exercise Jungle Shield enhances the 13th Air Force`s air defense mission in Guam and ensures the ability to fulfill Operation Noble Eagle responsibilities. F-22 pilots will also take part in Cope Thaw, providing them an opportunity to conduct routine training in an environment different from their home station.
F-22 pilots will fly three primary missions here: defensive counterair, offensive counterair escort, and offensive counterair suppression of enemy air defenses, said Capt. William Creeden, the 90th Fighter Squadron project officer from Elmendorf AFB.
He said the defensive-counterair missions showcase the F-22`s aerial combat capabilities, using the aircraft to defend a geographic point, area, or high-value airborne asset against any air threat. When conducting offensive-counterair-escort missions, F-22s fly in front of a strike package and clear the airspace of any air threats, allowing a strike package an unimpeded attack on selected targets of interest.
While flying offensive counterair suppression of enemy air defenses missions, the F-22s become a strike platform, targeting advanced surface-to-air missile threats by using the fighter`s key advantages of stealth, super cruise and advanced integrated avionics.