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U.S. and Israel team up for Blue Flag 17

Release Number: 011117

Approximately 200 Airmen and seven F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, are participating in Blue Flag 17, a biennial exercise hosted by Israel from Nov. 5-16, 2017. The U.S. Air Force, Israeli Air Force and seven partner nations are participating in the third iteration of Blue Flag this year.

The United States and Israel maintain an exceptionally close bilateral relationship and the U.S. Air Force’s participation in Blue Flag 17 demonstrates our nation's commitment to Israel, as well as improves cooperation, integration, and tactical effectiveness.

For more information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at +49 (0) 6371-47-6558 or via e-mail at: usafepao.pao@us.af.mil. If after duty hours, please call +49 (0) 1624-25-5428 or send an e-mail to: usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.