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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Vida Roeder, a mission crew commander with the 461st Air Control Wing (ACW), monitors operations aboard a E-8C Joint STARS during a mission supporting BALTOPS and Saber Strike 18 exercises at Fighter Wing Skrydstrup, Denmark, June 12, 2018. The JSTARS team consists of the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th ACW, plus active duty personnel assigned to the 461st ACW and Army JSTARS. They are in Denmark to participate in Exercise Baltic Operations, or BALTOPS, June 4-15 and Saber Strike 18 from June 3-15. JSTARS brings a unique, manned, joint airborne command control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability to the exercises. During BALTOPS, the Georgia Airmen will join military forces from 17 nations to enhance flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as well as demonstrate international resolve to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region. The Saber Strike exercise facilitates cooperation between the U.S., Estonia, Latvia Lithuania, Poland, and other allied and partner nations to improve joint operational capability in a variety of missions and prepare the participating nations and units for future operations while enhancing the NATO alliance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons) (Portions of the photo have been blurred for security purposes)

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