Limited-Edition Print of 500 (13x19)
Signed and numbered by the Artist.
F-15E "Strike Eagle" of the 335th "Chiefs" Squadron from Seymour Johnson AB.
Always deployed where the action is, to support operational commitments of the United States Air Force, the history-making Chiefs are one of the finest fighter squadrons in the world. One of six operational F-15E squadrons in the U.S. Air Force, the mission of the 335th Fighter Squadron is to be prepared to deploy anywhere in the world on short notice and deliver an array of air-to-ground weapons with pinpoint accuracy. The squadron is currently authorized 24 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft and approximately 360 officer and enlisted personnel.
The 335th traces its ancestry back to the Royal Air Force 121 Squadron, formed on 14 May 1941 as the second of three "Eagle Squadrons" of the RAF. These squadrons were composed of American volunteers flying Hurricanes and Spitfires out of England prior to the entry of the United States into World War II. The "Chief's Head" insignia dates back to the original emblem of the RAF 121 Squadron, which featured in its center a profile of the head of an American Indian Chief.
On 27-28 December 1990, the 335th deployed twenty-four F-15Es along with support personnel and equipment to Al Kharj Air Base in central Saudi Arabia. On the night of 16 January, the Chiefs participated in the initial assault on Iraq, hitting communications, power networks, and airfields around Baghdad. Given the mission of finding and destroying Iraq's SCUD missile launchers, the 335th brought Iraq's use of this terror weapon to a virtual halt, earning the squadron the nickname "SCUD BUSTERS." The 335th made aerial warfare history by downing an Iraqi helicopter in the air using a laser-guided bomb. During the war, the Chiefs flew 1,097 combat missions over Iraq and occupied Kuwait, dropping over 4.8 million pounds of ordnance.
After the war, the 335th continued to fly combat air patrol missions over Iraq and Kuwait until relieved by the 334th Fighter Squadron in June 1991. Since then, the Chiefs have returned to Southwest Asia several times; they deployed three times to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and twice to Doha, Qatar, as an Air Expeditionary Force. The AEF-III deployment in 1996 was the first for an Air Force unit to Doha.
In January 2002, the Chiefs deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. 12 F-15Es, deployed and accomplished 500 sorties comprising 3,000 flying hours. During this time the 335th dropped almost 300 laser guided and dumb bombs, and expended 1200 rounds of 20mm ammunition. The 335th received numerous awards and accolades from Operation Enduring Freedom. As a result four Silver Stars were awarded as well as seven Distinguished Flying Crosses.
A short time after the Chiefs returned from fighting in Afghanistan they again deployed to the Middle East to support the war on terror. In February of 2003 the 335th deployed to the region for Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Iraqi Freedom and Southern Watch the Chiefs deployed 24 F-15Es, and flew 1,500 sorties, totaling 7,000 flying hours. They dropped over 1 million pounds of precision and non-precision munitions on numerous targets such as key Iraqi leadership, command and control bunkers, artillery Republican Guard units and many others.
The Chiefs once again deployed back to Southwest Asia in September 2004 until February 2005. They supported the war on terror, performing urban Close Air Support (CAS) in hot spots of anti-coalition resistance throughout Iraq. Standing guard during the turbulent times near the Iraqi elections, they provided on call support for the troops on the ground. As key players in stabilizing the country of Iraq, the 335th was again on the tip of the American warfighting spear.
The 335th Fighter Squadron stands ready to meet the challenges of the future and demonstrate the meaning of their proud byline: "Chiefs' Standard."
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