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USAFE-AFAFRICA commander visits Spangdahlem AB for ACE

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, dons his helmet before take-off during an Agile Combat Employment exercise on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. USAFE-AFAFRICA continuously exercises ways to improve the U.S. passive and active defense capabilities that ensure the U.S. advantage in resiliency and protect our assets and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, dons his helmet before take-off during an Agile Combat Employment exercise on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. USAFE-AFAFRICA continuously exercises ways to improve the U.S. passive and active defense capabilities that ensure the U.S. advantage in resiliency and protect our assets and personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, right, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and Capt. Daniel Cook, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, prepare for a flight during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. ACE is a fundamental element of the U.S. security cooperation efforts, such as key leader engagement, exercises, subject matter expert exchanges, workshops, and symposiums. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, right, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, and Capt. Daniel Cook, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, prepare for a flight during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. ACE is a fundamental element of the U.S. security cooperation efforts, such as key leader engagement, exercises, subject matter expert exchanges, workshops, and symposiums. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Lt. Col. David Epperson, from left, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Capt. Daniel Cook, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Maj. Sean Foote, 480th FS pilot, walk towards the Agile Combat Employment exercise setup at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 26, 2020. Exercising elements of ACE enables USAFE-AFAFRICA to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

Lt. Col. David Epperson, from left, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Capt. Daniel Cook, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Maj. Sean Foote, 480th FS pilot, walk towards the Agile Combat Employment exercise setup at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 26, 2020. Exercising elements of ACE enables USAFE-AFAFRICA to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support, ensuring Airmen and aircrews are postured to deliver lethal combat power across the spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

52nd Fighter Wing Airmen prepare for an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 23, 2020. Deployments and exercises demonstrate the U.S. military’s contribution to regional security and reassure allies and partners of their commitment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

52nd Fighter Wing Airmen prepare for an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 23, 2020. Deployments and exercises demonstrate the U.S. military’s contribution to regional security and reassure allies and partners of their commitment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

Capt. Daniel Cook, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, front, and Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, prepare for take-off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. Harrigian visited Spangdahlem AB during an Agile Combat Employment exercise, which envisions the use of agile operations to generate resilient airpower in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alex Miller)

Capt. Daniel Cook, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, front, and Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, prepare for take-off at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. Harrigian visited Spangdahlem AB during an Agile Combat Employment exercise, which envisions the use of agile operations to generate resilient airpower in a contested environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alex Miller)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, fly in a formation during an Agile Combat Employment exercise over Büchel Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. Pilots from the 480th Fighter Squadron landed the F-16s at Büchel AB, where NATO partners aided in the exercise by refueling their jets. (Photo courtesy of Büchel Air Base Public Affairs)

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, fly in a formation during an Agile Combat Employment exercise over Büchel Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. Pilots from the 480th Fighter Squadron landed the F-16s at Büchel AB, where NATO partners aided in the exercise by refueling their jets. (Photo courtesy of Büchel Air Base Public Affairs)

Members from Luftwaffe’s 33rd Tactical Air Force Wing refuel a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, at Büchel Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. European partners play a crucial part in Agile Combat Employment exercises, and aid in the ability to deter, defend, and win real world situations. (Photo courtesy of Büchel Air Base Public Affairs)

Members from Luftwaffe’s 33rd Tactical Air Force Wing refuel a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, at Büchel Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. European partners play a crucial part in Agile Combat Employment exercises, and aid in the ability to deter, defend, and win real world situations. (Photo courtesy of Büchel Air Base Public Affairs)

52nd Fighter Wing leadership greets Gen. Jeff Harrigian, second from left, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, before the start of an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. Engagement incorporating ACE concepts in less-than-optimal environments improves interoperability among forces and helps allies and partners increase their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

52nd Fighter Wing leadership greets Gen. Jeff Harrigian, second from left, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, before the start of an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. Engagement incorporating ACE concepts in less-than-optimal environments improves interoperability among forces and helps allies and partners increase their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Capt. Daniel Cook, left, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Airman 1st Class Tyrek Montgomery, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, complete pre-flight procedures before participating in an Agile Combat Employment exercise on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. ACE allows the U.S. to deter adversaries and win across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, center, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, Capt. Daniel Cook, left, 480th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Airman 1st Class Tyrek Montgomery, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, complete pre-flight procedures before participating in an Agile Combat Employment exercise on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020. ACE allows the U.S. to deter adversaries and win across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, visited the 52nd Fighter Wing during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 25, 2020.

During the event, F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 52nd FW flew to Büchel Air Base, Germany, where they were refueled by the Luftwaffe’s 33rd Tactical Air Force Wing.

“Our NATO partners are really the backbone of ACE,” said Harrigian. “We cannot do this without them. As you look at the challenges we have across Europe, we are here with our partners, we have to have them embedded into the concept and the culture of agility. We have to constantly refine how we do business with our partners.”

Persistent exercises like ACE enable Airmen and NATO partners to remain vigilant.

“Without that muscle memory, we are not going to be able to generate the combat power we need,” said Harrigian. “We also need logistical support from our partners. That is all integral to be able to deliver ACE, and ultimately deter and defend if we are required to do so.”

Successful execution of exercises such as these help reveal the abilities and readiness of the 52nd FW Airmen and partner nations.

“Our Airmen at Spangdahlem are solving problems,” said Harrigian. “Finding these motivated Airmen today really showed me they will bring solutions to their leadership, so they can go out and execute with our partners and showed me that we can do this together.”

Harrigian said he could not be more proud of the 52nd FW Airmen and their efforts towards optimal operation capabilities.

“It really is impressive and they have done a great job,” said Harrigian. “I am proud they continue to be motivated Airmen, and I hope they keep going after it.”