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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) BALTOPS 2018 concludes
The U.S. Air Force and NATO allies and partner nations concluded Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) June 15, in Kiel, Germany.
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An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, takes off in support of BALTOPS and Saber Strike 18 at the 31st Tactical Air Base, Poznan-Krzesiny, Poland, June 8, 2018. BALTOPS is an annual joint, multinational maritime-focused exercise designed to improve training value for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. Operation Saber Strike 18 is an annual U.S. Army led land based combined-joint exercise conducted at various locations throughout Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks) F-16s support BALTOPS and Saber Strike
Eighteen F-16 Fighting Falcon and 300 personnel assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, partnered with the Polish Air Force in support of Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) and the U.S. Army led Saber Strike 18 exercise at the 31st Tactical Air Base in Poznan-Krzesiny, Poland, June 8, 2018.
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Sqn. Ldr. Richard Fryer, RAF Mildenhall station commander, welcomes aircrew on the first day of the European Tanker Symposium at RAF Mildenhall, England, May 14, 2018.  The 100th Air Refueling Wing hosted the 5th annual European Tanker Symposium, where 13 countries came together and trained to establish mixed-flight formation air refueling standardized procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Groening) Mildenhall hosts 5th annual European Tanker Symposium
The 100th Air Refueling Wing hosted 13 NATO nations during the 5th annual European Tanker Symposium, May 14-18. The symposium, held every year since 2012, allows NATO allies to share their experiences, discuss mixed tanker formation standards, and build on tanker integration.
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German Air Force 1st Lt. Felix, an A400M Atlas co-pilot, left, discusses the capabilities of his aircraft with U.S. Air Force Capt. Tim Vedra, 37th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules instructor pilot, in Berlin, Germany, April 27, 2018. U.S. and German Airmen shared knowledge with each other concerning their respective airframes during the 2018 Berlin Air and Trade Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua) German-American partnership on display during air show
When boarding U.S. aircraft during an air show, it is natural for people to expect a U.S. pilot or crew member to greet them.This wasn’t the case when a group of German school children visited a C-17 Globemaster III during the Berlin Air and Trade Show on April 27. Instead, they were greeted by a German pilot assigned to Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
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Judson Rackley, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa video operations center communications engineer, right, receives the Purple Heart from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher Craige, USAFE-AFAFRICA chief of staff on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 27, 2018. The Purple Heart is awarded to veterans and military members for wounds received or death after being wounded in action against enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua) USAFE-AFAFRICA contractor earns Purple Heart
A communications engineer assigned to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa video operations center received the Purple Heart on Feb. 27, 2017, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany.Judson Rackley, an Army veteran who now serves the Air Force as a contractor, received the decoration in front of his friends, family, and colleagues during a
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Judson Rackley, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa video operations center communications engineer, right, receives the Purple Heart from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Christopher Craige, USAFE-AFAFRICA chief of staff on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 27, 2018. The Purple Heart is awarded to veterans and military members for wounds received or death after being wounded in action against enemy forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua) USAFE-AFAFRICA contractor earns Purple Heart
A communications engineer assigned to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa video operations center received the Purple Heart on Feb. 27, 2017, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany.Judson Rackley, an Army veteran who now serves the Air Force as a contractor, received the decoration in front of his friends, family, and colleagues during a simple
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First of monthly planned NATO exercises considered success at Spangdahlem First of monthly planned NATO exercises considered success at Spangdahlem
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The 52nd Fighter Wing hosted a multinational, large-force exercise Feb. 22-23, 2018, involving participants from several NATO countries.
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The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band performed a concert at Red Hall in Pristina, Kosovo, to celebrate the country’s 10th anniversary of independence, Feb. 16, 2018. The event was hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, and broadcast live on Radio Television of Kosovo, the most-viewed television station in the country. The audience included diplomats, members of the Kosovo Security Forces and dozens of young Kosovars invited by the embassy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Tristan Hinderliter) USAFE Band visits Kosovo, celebrates 10th anniversary of independence
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band returned Feb. 19 from a six-day trip to Kosovo to celebrate the country’s 10th anniversary of independence, capping a whirlwind trip that included building partnerships with the Kosovo Security Forces and outreach events across the country.
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U.S. Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, NATO Allied Air Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander, was hosted by Royal Norwegian Air Force Maj. Gen. Tonje Skinnarland, Chief of the RNORAF, during a visit to Oerland Air Force Station, Norway, Feb. 7-9, 2018. Wolters conducted a comprehensive visit which included two Norwegian bases and the Norwegian Joint Headquarters for updates about the Norwegian activities in the Arctic and North Atlantic. "Norway important Ally safeguarding northern NATO skies"
Commander Allied Air Command, General Tod Wolters, had the opportunity for a comprehensive visit to Norway from Feb 7 to 9. Following meetings with the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Erik Gustavson and a tour of the Norwegian Defence Staff situation centre in Oslo, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, Major General Tonje Skinnarland, accompanied General Wolters on a flight from Gardermoen airport to Bodø Air Base.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Clint Guenther, 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron detachment commander, presents the key to the Baltic Air Policing mission to Royal Dannish air force commander Col. Uffe Holstener during the official Baltic Air Policing hand-over, take-over ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, Jan. 8, 2018. This is Denmark's sixth Baltic Air Policing rotation since operations began in 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew) RAF Lakenheath jets complete Baltic Air Policing rotation
The 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, belonging to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, handed over the reigns for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission to Denmark at Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, Jan. 8.
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