In a tweet, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa said that the “mighty #Bolars” — the nickname for the 492nd Fighter Squadron, part of Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing — have deployed to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility. That’s a 20-nation swath of territory ranging from Egypt east to Kazakhstan and includes Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
The Air Force did not say exactly where the 492nd has deployed, aside from saying it was to support the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Nor did they say how many fighters were being deployed.
Stephen Losey covers leadership and personnel issues as the senior reporter for Air Force Times. He comes from an Air Force family, and his investigative reports have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover Air Force operations against the Islamic State.