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US Air Force at RAF Lakenheath hails night flying exercise a success

PUBLISHED: 10:11 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:31 04 October 2018

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

Airman 1st Class Christopher S.

An American military exercise which included frequent night flights has been hailed a success.

An Airman assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron communicates with pilots before departure during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. Exercises like this provide both aircrew and support personnel stationed at RAF Lakenheath the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)An Airman assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron communicates with pilots before departure during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 1, 2018. Exercises like this provide both aircrew and support personnel stationed at RAF Lakenheath the experience needed to maintain a ready force capable of ensuring the collective defense of the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

The RAF Lakenheath-based 48th Fighter Wing took part in a 48-hour readiness exercise code-named Fursious 48 this week.

“The readiness exercise we executed here at RAF Lakenheath this week lived up to its name of Furious 48,” said Col William Marshall, 48th Fighter Wing commander. “A lot of great training was accomplished in just two days.”

48th Medical Group Airmen transport a patient with simulated injuries during the �FURIOUS 48� readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise, Liberty Wing Airmen were tested on a wide range of scenarios which focused on preparedness, self-aid buddy care and paid contingency response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)48th Medical Group Airmen transport a patient with simulated injuries during the �FURIOUS 48� readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise, Liberty Wing Airmen were tested on a wide range of scenarios which focused on preparedness, self-aid buddy care and paid contingency response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

The training focused on pre-attack preparedness, self-aid buddy care, post-attack reconnaissance and rapid contingency response. The wing flew 79 sorties and completed 166 flying hours.

“I’m proud of the work that was done by the Liberty Wing, with our Airmen laser-focused on getting the mission done despite the great many challenges that were built into the training scenarios,” Col Marshall said.

48th Medical Group Airmen decontaminate a patient with simulated injuries during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise the 48th MDG Airmen were tasked with responding and treating more than 25 patients with simulated injuries with a wide variety of injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)48th Medical Group Airmen decontaminate a patient with simulated injuries during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. During the exercise the 48th MDG Airmen were tasked with responding and treating more than 25 patients with simulated injuries with a wide variety of injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

“We thank our local communities for their support and understanding, as this included flying operations through the night and other disturbances.”

An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron takes off during the “FURIOUS 48” readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. This exercise was designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and test Liberty Wing Airmen on their ability to survive and operate in wartime conditions.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen don mission-oriented protective posture gear during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise scenarios were designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure wing Airmen are fully prepared for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)48th Fighter Wing Airmen don mission-oriented protective posture gear during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise scenarios were designed to emphasize the importance of combat skills effectiveness training and ensure wing Airmen are fully prepared for potential contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

48th Fighter Wing Airmen conduct post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise training emphasized a broad spectrum of elements from pre-attack preparedness, command and control, and protection of assets and personnel, to self-aid buddy care for wounded wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)48th Fighter Wing Airmen conduct post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Exercise training emphasized a broad spectrum of elements from pre-attack preparedness, command and control, and protection of assets and personnel, to self-aid buddy care for wounded wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

A 48th Fighter Wing Airman conducts post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Conducting 24-hour operations during the two-day exercise, 48th Fighter Wing Airmen tested their Ability to Survive and Operate during wartime conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)A 48th Fighter Wing Airman conducts post-attack reconnaissance during a readiness exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 2, 2018. Conducting 24-hour operations during the two-day exercise, 48th Fighter Wing Airmen tested their Ability to Survive and Operate during wartime conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Burks) (Portions of this image have been obscured to protect operational security)

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