- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A dozen A-10 attack jets have deployed to Europe from a Tucson base at a time of continuing tension with Russia over Ukraine.

The Air Force says the jets deployed to a base in Germany to help demonstrate the United States’ continued commitment to the collective security of the NATO and peace and stability in Europe.

The Air Force says the A-10s and 300 personnel from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s 355h Fighter Wing will fly training missions while in Europe.

Two Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation said they’re proud of the service members deploying in what they called “the face of continued Russian aggression in Ukraine.”

Sen. John McCain and Rep. Martha McSally also said the deployment shows the wisdom of keeping the A-10s in the Air Force’s fleet.

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