U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa
Published October 22, 2018
KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and support Airmen from the 134th Air Refueling Wing, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tennessee, and the 171st Air Refueling Wing Air National Guard Station near Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania, arrived at Kallax Air Base, Sweden, in support of Trident Juncture 2018.
TRJE18 is the largest NATO exercise since 2015, with participation by more than 50,000 military personnel from 31 nations.
TRJE18 is partially funded by the European Deterrence initiative. EDI funding enables the United States to enhance the U.S. deterrence posture, increase the readiness and responsiveness of U.S. forces in Europe, support collective defense and security of NATO allies, and bolster the security and capacity of U.S. partners. This enables faster response to any aggression by a regional adversary against the sovereign territory of a NATO ally.
The U.S. Air Force routinely rotates aircraft in and around the theater in support of operations and exercises and in full coordination with host nations, allies, and support partners. By supporting operations like TRJE18, USAFE helps strengthen the relationship the U.S. has with its NATO allies and partners.