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Hungarian forces visit Saber Nation

This visit provided face-to-face strategic planning opportunities with partner air forces while helping create unique cultural and local experiences for all parties involved

Members of the 480th Fighter Squadron and Hungarian air force come together to strengthen their partnership and prepare for future training opportunities, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 24, 2019. This visit provided face-to-face strategic planning opportunities with partner air forces while helping create unique cultural and local experiences for all parties involved. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

Lango and his entire planning team flew in from Budapest to discuss future training events between U.S. Armed Forces and Hungarian army and air forces

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason E. Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, middle, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Richard, 480th Fighter Squadron commander, right, meet with Hungarian air force Maj. Viktor Lango, 1st Puma Squadron exercise planner, left, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 24, 2019. Lango and his entire planning team flew in from Budapest to discuss future training events between U.S. Armed Forces and Hungarian army and air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

This travel plan gives U.S. Air Forces an opportunity to fly with dissimilar aircraft and NATO partners.

Hungarian air force Maj. Viktor Lango, 1st Puma Squadron exercise planner, left, explains possible plans for future training events with Hungarian army and air forces at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 24, 2019. This travel plan gives U.S. Air Forces an opportunity to fly with dissimilar aircraft and NATO partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

Members of the 480th Fighter Squadron and Hungarian air force came together to strengthen their partnership and prepare for future training opportunities.

Attendees held a meeting to coordinate future plans of a possible training mission to Hungary where military forces will get the opportunity to fly with dissimilar aircraft and NATO partners, as well as create unique and local experiences for all parties involved.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason E. Bailey, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, and Lt. Col. Michael Richard, 480th Fighter Squadron commander welcomed Hungarian air force Maj. Viktor Lango, 1st Puma Squadron exercise planner, 1st Lt. Aitila Kovacs, Hungarian air force Veszprem air command and control center controller, and Maj. Zsolt Szigeti, battalion chief of staff.

“I am excited to see how this comes along,” said Richard. “This opportunity is something that we have been looking forward to for a long time, and we are going to do what needs to be done for this to happen.”

The meeting provided partner air forces face-to-face strategic planning opportunities and a chance to gain an understanding of what is required from both military forces.

“This is a phenomenal training opportunity to fly with our NATO partners,” said. Capt. Michael O’Donnell, 480th Fighter Squadron current operations flight commander. “We are looking forward to working with the Hungarian military forces and helping each other out.”