WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – F-15 Eagles and forty members from the 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base returned home Friday evening after a training exercise in Malaysia.
According to Senior Master Sgt. Rob Sabonis of the Barnes ANG, the 104th Fighter Wing members arrived back home around 8:00 p.m. Friday after participating in exercise “Cope Taufan 14” at P.U. Butterworth and P.U. Subang, Malaysia.
The 104th Fighter Wing is a trained combat unit that, when needed, can support the U.S. Air Force during wartime, and protect the Northeast sector. The three week “Cope Taufan 14” exercise in Malaysia is where Massachusetts Air National Guard members conducted exercise operations alongside active duty F-22 Raptor aircraft, and Mig-29 and Su-27 aircraft.
Flight Sergeant Joseph Keenan told 22News, “It was very stressful on the troops; maintaining the aircraft, getting them ready to fly, repairing the problems that come along with it. As well as on the pilots it was very, very stressful.”
Keenan says the training mission’s goal was to integrate our F-15s with other allied aircraft in Malaysia.
Forty other members of the 104th Fighter Wing arrived back home earlier in the week on Tuesday night.