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    F-15 Eagles arrive at Otis for temporary operations while Barnes repairs runway

    F-15 Eagles arrive at Otis for temporary operations while Barnes repairs runway

    Photo By Master Sgt. Kerri Spero | Two F-15 Eagles taxi toward the alert hangars after landing July 11. The fighter jets...... read more read more

    OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, MA, UNITED STATES

    07.11.2013

    Story by Tech. Sgt. Kerri Spero 

    102nd Intelligence Wing

    OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. – The fighter jets that once flew the skies of Cape Cod have returned today, but only temporarily while major runway repairs are being conducted at Barnes Air National Guard Base, home the 104th Fighter Wing.

    The 104th Fighter Wing will maintain its alert posture within the existing alert-infrastructure on Cape Cod while the training missions will fly out of Westover Air Reserve Base. The local community can expect to hear the aircraft as they make their descent on the base and conduct occasional flying operations.

    “We’re happy to help out the 104th Fighter Wing,” said Col. Patrick Cobb, 102d Intelligence Wing commander. “An alternate location was needed to perform their flying mission and we certainly have some experience flying jets.”

    Otis Air National Guard Base will host a small group from the 104th Fighter Wing throughout the summer and into the fall. The anticipated runway repair time is 4-6 months. The jets are expected to return to Barnes at the end of this calendar year.

    The 104th Fighter Wing is equipped with the F-15 Eagle. One mission of the 104th is Aerospace Control Alert (ACA), providing armed fighters ready to scramble in a moment’s notice to protect the Northeast from any airborne threat.

    The unit is responsible for protecting a quarter of the nation’s population and one-third of the gross domestic product.

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    Date Taken: 07.11.2013
    Date Posted: 07.11.2013 16:18
    Story ID: 110076
    Location: OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, MA, US

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