Inter-European Air Forces Academy concludes Inter-European Basic Instructor Course

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The Inter-European Air Forces Academy concluded its annual Inter-European Basic Instructor Course on Feb. 12, 2021. This course was delivered remotely from its schoolhouse on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, to eleven students from eight nations across U.S. European Command.

The instructor course aims to support ongoing education and training in NATO and Partnership for Peace nations by developing instructors who lead professional military education and training courses in their militaries. Students explore adult education theories and practice delivery methods including lecture, guided discussion, case studies, gamification, and experiential learning. The course structure, delivered by experienced IEAFA cadre, focuses on practical application and feedback.

“These classes build ally and partner interoperability, develop more knowledgeable and impactful instructors, and create lifelong ties between the eleven students from eight nations attending the course,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robin Cadow, IEAFA commander.

Upon completion of this course, IEBIC graduates will develop other professionals in their armed forces as instructors. They graduated with a unique experience and strengthened relations through education and training.

“The value we can have with this course is an international complex with different people, it is more important for us to understand each other”, said Warrant Officer Vincenzo Pellegrini, Italian armed forces officer.

Since its first course in 2016, IEAFA has trained and educated over 1000 students from over 40 allies and partners across the European theater. Through its direct organizational alignment with the Warrior Preparation Center, USAFE-AFAFRICA Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorate and its close ties with USAFE-AFAFRICA Plans and Programs Analyses Directorate IEAFA remains an agile and responsive tool to support the priorities of the USAFE-AFAFRICA commander and to develop interoperability of the theater’s most common weapons system: its people.