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NEWS | Feb. 16, 2011

F-15s to operate out of JB CHS

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Several F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina are planning to call Joint Base Charleston home during the next two weeks.

Members of the 333rd Fighter Squadron are scheduled to arrive at the base Feb. 16 to 19 and plan to fly training missions Feb. 21 to 25. Local residents can expect increased jet noise between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The training will help ensure the aircrews are prepared to support contingency operations in Afghanistan.

The 333rd Fighter Squadron is a training unit that prepares pilots and weapons systems officers to operate the F-15 E Strike Eagle. As part of their final training block, the fighter squadron regularly travels to another base to practice working from an unfamiliar base in unfamiliar airspace. This time, planners at Seymour Johnson AFB have chosen Joint Base Charleston.

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather.