‘Triple Nickel’ arrives at BAF, takes reins from Hill Airmen

BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Airmen assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, known as the “Triple Nickel,” from Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrived here April 27 in support of operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Resolute Support.

During their six-month tenure at BAF, members of the Triple Nickel will assume the responsibility of providing over-watch and close-air-support for ground units in Afghanistan.

“First and foremost, we’re here to protect the guys on the ground,” said Lt. Col. Byron Pompa, 555th FS commander. “Our guys couldn’t be happier to be here. We’ve prepared for the last six months to a year for this moment and our young guys are chomping at the bit to get in there and see some action.”

The 555th FS is taking the reins from the Airmen of the 4th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, following their six-month rotation to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

The mission of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing is to provide decisive combat air power in support of efforts to ensure a sovereign and stable Afghanistan that isn’t a safe haven for international terrorists.

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