27th EFS ends tour in Guam

Servicemembers from Langley Air Force Base pose for a group shot while deployed to Anderesen AFB and the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (Photo illustration/Tech. Sgt. Mike Andriacco)

The 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron from Langley Air Force Base, Va., is redeploying after four months in support of the Theater Security Package mission in Guam.

The 12 F-22 Raptors will head back to the 1st Fighter Wing, along with the more than 289 personnel that seamlessly integrated into the operations at Andersen.

The 27th hit the ground running in June, but the work started long before they got to the island. Their hard work and forward thinking paid off.

By the end of July, the Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit had decreased the number of ground aborts due to the wet weather effects on the F-22, by 78 percent for the month.

“A sister Raptor squadron, deployed here last summer, lost a lot of sorties due to the extreme wet weather,” said Capt. Adrienne Stahl, 27 EAMU Officer in charge. “Our Specialists and Low Observable technicians put in a lot of work to make modifications to the jets in preparation for the rainy season in Guam.”

In August, the Team Langley Packaged Maintenance Plans and LO sections made history by completing two accelerated PMPs in 10 days each, which had never been accomplished on an F-22. A PMP is heavy maintenance performed on the Raptors every 300 flight hours. The process normally takes more than a month to complete.

“The exercise was unique because most of the time when we train, we do part-task training focused on a narrow segment of our combat missions. It might be a fight that lasts only 20 minutes and then we come back,” said Colonel Fesler. “This training was more representative of how we will actually employ our forces, where we have a long drive to get to the fight, we hit the tanker and join a fight already in progress, then go back to the tanker and back into the fight — multiple iterations of this and then at the end, still have a long flight home.”

In four short months, the 27th EFS had not only broken records and set the standard, they had honed skills they will take with them to other parts of the world. Colonel Fesler and Captain Stahl agreed that they could not have been successful without the support of Team Andersen.

“Andersen’s airfield team dealt with a quantity of aircraft that they aren’t used to and they did great,” Colonel Fesler said. “We could not have safely conducted our operations without the work that Andersen’s team did so professionally.”

The 27th EFS will return to Langley and prepare for their next deployment, no doubt taking a lot from their stay here.

– Pacific Air Forces

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