A contingent of F-15s and airmen from RAF Lakenheath, Britain, returned home from four months protecting the airspace of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania under NATO's Baltic air policing mission, Jan. 5, 2011. "Our tour was very successful," Maj. Gen. Mark Schissler, US Air Forces in Europe's director of plans, programs, and analyses, told the Daily Report during an interview at USAFE headquarters at Ramstein AB, Germany, Jan. 10, 2011. The Lakenheath pilots flew 66 sorties, intercepting three airspace incursions, during their deployment to the Lithuanian air base in Siauliai. German air force F-4s assumed the rotational mission from them on Jan. 5, 2011. Here, one of the Lakenheath F-15s prepares to depart Siauliai for home.
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