Third Air Force Commander, Command Chief visit Detachment 1 Airmen in Poland

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  • By Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. John Wood, Third Air Force commander, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Cruz-Munoz, Third AF command chief master sgt., visited Detachment 1 in Powidz Air Base, Poland, Mar. 19, 2018.

Det 1 is part of the 52nd Operations Group, under the 52nd Fighter Wing out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

“Det 1 does a great job showing our might and efforts in this part of the world,” said Maj. Gen. Wood. “We have about 30,000 Airmen and civilians working throughout U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and the mission is so diverse, but these guys do such a great job of representing us when in such a remote area. Working with our NATO allies is crucial and this team understands that.”

Wood and Cruz-Munoz traveled to Powidz AB to see the mission first hand, meet with the Airmen of Det 1 and Polish base leadership, get a face-to-face experience for how they can help the Airmen succeed and what to expect for mission developments.

Det 1 plays several key roles in the larger USAFE mission out of three locations throughout Poland, to include working with their host nation partners, the Polish military, working under the 52nd OG out of Germany, and representing the U.S. Air Force influence in Europe.

“I’m so impressed by how dedicated to the mission everyone is,” said Cruz-Munoz. “Our folks are smart and ask the right questions, they’re killing it and it makes me feel better knowing they’re out here getting the job done.”

The detachment was established in 2012 in order to increase cooperation between the U.S. and Polish air forces. The detachment personnel coordinate and control aviation rotations, organize joint training exercises and support opportunities to strengthen interoperability between U.S. and Polish air forces.

“It means a lot to have leadership come out here and make the time to see how we operate and see the tremendous people we get to work with every day,” said Lt. Col James Busch, Det 1 commander. “We’re a small of team of only 10, but we punch above our weight class. Our adversaries are watching and we hope they get a good look. We have a far reach and project force. The relationship we have with the host nation and the sharp people we got make this job worthwhile.”