US Marine Corps Hornets Conducts Dynamic Force Employment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
US Marine Corps Hornets Conducts Dynamic Force Employment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

US Marine Corps Hornets Conducts Dynamic Force Employment to Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA

U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet aircraft from Marine All Weather Fighter Squadron 224, Marine Aircraft Group 31, deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this week as part of a dynamic force employment to enhance U.S. Central Command’s ability to deter aggression and promote security and stability within the USCENTCOM area of responsibility. The detachment of F/A-18s along with squadron personnel, from Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, will rapidly integrate into the U.S. Air Forces Central’s theater air operations, including participating in coalition and regional partner-nation integration events.

US Marine Corps Hornets Conducts Dynamic Force Employment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Lt. Col. Zach Counts, 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, prepares for flight during the Desert Mirage III training event at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 18, 2021. The training was the third iteration of a bilateral event designed to enhance the interoperability and air defense capabilities between joint and partner nation forces. The 157th EFS played a key role in the event, sharpening their ability to execute air defense procedures, communicate, and synchronize with joint and partner counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

“Dynamic force employment deployments demonstrate the ability to move combat capability into theater just in time for when it is required, not just in case it might be needed,” said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander. “These short-term, high-intensity deployments also enhance readiness for both AFCENT and the deploying units. AFCENT has conducted two DFE events with Air Force fighter units over the past seven months, and both units departed the theater at a higher level of readiness than when they arrived. 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) is excited to now integrate our Marine Corps partners for this iteration.”

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US Marine Corps Hornets Conducts Dynamic Force Employment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet aircrew exits the aircraft after a mission during the Desert Mirage III training event at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 18, 2021. The training was the third iteration of a bilateral event designed to enhance the interoperability and air defense capabilities between joint and partner nation forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

The unit’s presence in the theater highlights the U.S. military’s ability to deploy and employ forces anywhere around the globe at any moment. CENTCOM’s last dynamic force deployment, a detachment of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, S.C., occurred in January 2021. Dynamic operations and force employment deliver joint force commanders the critical capability to move forces fluidly into and across the theater in order to seize, retain and exploit the initiative against an adversary. These deployments also strengthen USCENTCOM’s agility and capability resiliency.

US Marine Corps Hornets Conducts Dynamic Force Employment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Two U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets taxi on the runway at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the Desert Mirage III training event on May 18, 2021. The training was the third iteration of a bilateral event designed to enhance the interoperability and air defense capabilities between joint and partner nation forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)
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