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MQ-9 detachment becomes fully operational

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander in United States Air Forces in Europe, Air Forces in Africa, center, cuts a ribbon with the help of Polish air force Col. Lukasz Andrzejewski,12th Unmanned Aerial Vehicle base commander, Miroslawiec Air Base, left, and U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Eiler, 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 commander, right, during a ceremony at Miroslawiec AB, March 1, 2019. The ceremony marked the opening of new facilities at the detachment and celebrated the 52nd EOG Det. 2 reaching full operational capability. The U.S. and Poland work closely together on a range of global challenges, including promoting international peace and safeguarding European security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

A remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper taxis toward the runway shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1, 2019. The 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 works closely with the Polish air force on its mission of operating the MQ-9 to promote security and stability within the region, and increase overall capability and readiness of NATO allies and regional partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

Polish air force Maj. Malgorzata Kryviak, Miroslawiec Air Base media relations officer, right, translates words spoken by U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, left, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miroslawiec AB, March 1, 2019. The general spoke about the long-standing partnership between the U.S. and Poland, and how the mission at 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 increases readiness and builds upon the strategic relationship between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

A remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper taxis toward the runway shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1, 2019. The 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 works closely with the Polish air force on its mission of operating the MQ-9 to promote security and stability within the region and increase overall capability and readiness of NATO allies and regional partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

U.S. Air Force, Polish air force and contracted employees attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1, 2019. The event marked the opening of several new facilities and celebrated the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 reaching full operational capability. Forward locations enhance the ability to provide a rapid response against threats made by aggressive regional actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ryan Koyro, 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 security forces member, left, and Airman 1st Class Brittney Shahin, 52nd EOG Det. 2 security forces member, right, patrol the fence line of a secured processing center at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, February 28, 2019. The secured processing center was one of several new facilities that opened recently, making Det. 2 fully operational. The U.S. and Poland work closely together on a range of global challenges, including promoting international peace and safeguarding European security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

U.S. Air Force and Polish air force members react to a story shared by U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Eiler, 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 commander, right, during a meeting at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1, 2019. The meeting was held before a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Det. 2 reaching full operational capability. The proven partnership with Poland has been built upon shared values, experiences, and vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, right, shakes the hand of Polish air force Col. Lukasz Andrzejewski, 12th Unmanned Aerial Vehicle base commander, Miroslawiec Air Base, left, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miroslawiec AB, March 1, 2019. Approximately 40 Airmen participated in the ceremony for the 52nd Fighter Wing�s geographically separated unit, 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2. Forward locations enhance the ability to provide a rapid response against threats made by aggressive regional actors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland

An audience applauds during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1, 2019. The event marked the opening of several new facilities and celebrated the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 reaching full operational capability. The proven partnership with Poland has been built upon shared values, experiences, and vision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft detachment becomes fully operational in Poland
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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Miroslawiec AB, March 1, 2019. The general spoke about the long-standing partnership between the U.S. and Poland, and how the mission at 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 increases readiness and builds upon the strategic relationship between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

MIROSLAWIEC AIR BASE, Poland --

Approximately 40 Airmen participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 52nd Fighter Wing’s geographically separated unit, 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2, at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, March 1, 2019.

The event marked the opening of new facilities at the detachment and celebrated the 52nd EOG reaching full operational capability.

Some of the facilities recently opened included secure processing centers, a large aircraft maintenance shelter, communications infrastructure and living dormitories for personnel assigned there.

“In addition to the completion of these projects, another important change is the remotely piloted aircraft here are now operated by both contractors and U.S. military personnel,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Greg Semmel, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa. “This flexibility allows for the addition of new missions, and having U.S. military personnel expands the variety of missions we can accomplish.”

Contractors and U.S. military now share control during operations such as the takeoff, mission, and recovery of the aircraft. Currently, the Air National Guard is the U.S. military presence operating the remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper aircraft there, providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of U.S. foreign policy security. The currently configured unarmed aircraft provides valuable force protection data to the U.S. and international partners.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all of our U.S. friends for all you have done so far with the MQ-9 operation to provide for European security,” said Polish air force Col. Lukasz Andrzejewski, 12th Unmanned Aerial Vehicle base commander, Miroslawiec AB. “We appreciate all the support, involvement, openness and kindness you give us every day.”

Det. 2 works closely with the Polish air force on its mission of operating the MQ-9. Many U.S. personnel assigned there have developed strong relationships with the partnered nation.

“They all welcomed us into the community, they welcomed us into their restaurants, into their shops and into their homes,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Eiler, 52nd EOG Det. 2 commander, “We were neighbors, but became friends and family. I am very proud of the partnership and the capability that we’ve built.”

Semmel said the U.S. and Poland have had a long-standing partnership to address issues on regional and global security. The mission at Det. 2 further facilitates this partnership by increasing overall readiness, honing the ability to operate in a rapidly changing environment, and by building upon the enduring and strategic relationship between the two nations.

“Over the years our proven partnership with Poland has been built upon shared values, experience and vision,” said Semmel. “As our environment continues to change, forward locations like Det. 2 become that much more critical at enhancing our ability to safeguard European security.”