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Sheppard AFB Makes History

Sheppard Air Force Base is making history. A $29.4 billion agreement will allow Saudi Arabia to purchase 84 F-15 fighter aircraft and send their airmen to U.S. training bases. Brigadier General Darryl Burke says this is the largest foreign military sales case in the nations history.

"It's a great opportunity for a cultural experience. I think, with the community, they're going to see some North Texas hospitality. They will grow warm to that very quickly. And we will be able to benefit from some cultural exchange with the middle east," he said.

The number of Saudi airmen at Sheppard during any given time will typically be between 200 and 400, totally nearly 4,000 through 2018. The airmen will receive technical training in 17 aircraft maintenance courses at the base.

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