Kadena to host Alaska-based F-22s

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 7, 2011

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Air Force announced Friday that it will deploy 15 F-22A Raptor fighter jets to Kadena Air Base next week for a four-month assignment.

The deployment is routine and meant to support U.S. Pacific Command’s security obligations in the region, according to a release by the 18th Air Wing.

The F-22As are part of the 525th Fighter Squadron, 3rd Wing from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Meanwhile, Kadena will also host members and aircraft from the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska until mid-February. The squadron will help train Kadena F-15 pilots by providing realistic adversaries and threats during air and classroom training, the Air Force said.