US Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 F/A-18s Redeploy from Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA
US Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 F/A-18s Redeploy from Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA

US Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 F/A-18s Redeploy from Prince Sultan Air Base, KSA

The “Silver Eagles” of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 redeployed from here, March 23, 2022. During their three month stint, the VMFA-115 deployed a squadron of F/A-18 Hornets and support personnel to improve the ability of forces to move fluidly across the theater and show U.S. and coalition resolve in the region. Throughout their time in the region, the Silver Eagles took part in partner nation integration exercises, and flew alongside Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s in exercises around the area of responsibility. The unit also integrated with the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing and 332d AEW to further the interoperability between the two services by validating ordnance compatibility between U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps assets during Operation Agile Spartan II.

“AFCENT operates and projects combat airpower across a dynamic, continually evolving region. The U.S. Marine Corps’ VMFA-115 Silver Eagles flawlessly executed their combat and readiness building missions while in theater and greatly helped us meet our operational objectives. I wish them safe travels as they redeploy,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) commander.

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s fly alongside U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet during Operation Agile Spartan II. Aircrew conducted Agile Combat Employment concepts throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during OAS II, which allows flexibility to operate from any location in a contested environment. (Photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wrightsman/378th Air Expeditionary Wing)

“Every event we did with the RSAF was well planned, well executed and yielded the same level of debriefing and devotion to improvement. They are very professional, we learned so much from each other and we will definitely seek opportunities to operate with them in the future. It felt like we were immediately a part of the team. Every facet of support was well above average, from maintenance support to logistics support, even the refueling operations that took place here were well informed and completely integrated with all of the moving parts that comprise the 378th AEW. We definitely leave here well trained and well versed in interoperability not just as a joint force but also with our coalition and partner nations,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Tim Miller, VMFA-115 commander.

By working alongside joint services and partner nations the Silver Eagles showcased their ability to operate in a dynamic environment, leaving the region as a more ready and lethal force. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 (VMFA-115) is a United States Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadron. Officially nicknamed the “Silver Eagles” and on occasion Joe’s Jokers after their first commanding officer Major Joe Foss, the squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 31 (MAG-31) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW). The squadron has seen combat during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars and has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a final deployment in 2008 to Al Asad Airbase in western Iraq. The Squadron radio callsign is “Blade”.

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15s fly alongside U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet during Operation Agile Spartan II. Aircrew conducted Agile Combat Employment concepts throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during OAS II, which allows flexibility to operate from any location in a contested environment. (Photo by Senior Airman Jacob Wrightsman/378th Air Expeditionary Wing)