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F-16 aircraft arrive in Greece for INIOCHOS 21

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Four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron prepare to take off to support exercise INIOCHOS 21, Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. INIOCHOS is an annual exercise in Greece that provides participants the opportunity to develop capabilities in planning and conducting complex air operations in a multinational joint forces environment. The exercise provides advanced and realistic aircrew training to strengthen interoperability of allied and partner air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

Four U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron prepare to take off to support exercise INIOCHOS 21, Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. INIOCHOS is an annual exercise in Greece that provides participants the opportunity to develop capabilities in planning and conducting complex air operations in a multinational joint forces environment. The exercise provides advanced and realistic aircrew training to strengthen interoperability of allied and partner air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron takes off to support exercise INIOCHOS 21, Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. INIOCHOS 21 is an annual exercise in Greece designed to provide advanced and realistic aircrew training to strengthen interoperability of allied and partner air forces. The exercise aims to enhance combat readiness, fighting capabilities and interoperability of the participating forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron takes off to support exercise INIOCHOS 21, Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. INIOCHOS 21 is an annual exercise in Greece designed to provide advanced and realistic aircrew training to strengthen interoperability of allied and partner air forces. The exercise aims to enhance combat readiness, fighting capabilities and interoperability of the participating forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

HAF transports 31 FW members to INIOCHOS 21

A Hellenic air force (HAF) C-130 Hercules participating in the INIOCHOS 21 exercise takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. INIOCHOS 21 is an annual exercise held at Andravida Air Base in Greece that enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

HAF transports 31 FW members to INIOCHOS 21

A Hellenic air force (HAF) C-130 Hercules, carrying members from the 31st Fighter Wing, takes off from Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. The 31st FW is participating in INIOCHOS 21, a HAF-led, large force flying exercise focused on strengthening partnerships and interoperability at Andravida Air Base in Greece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

HAF transports 31 FW members to INIOCHOS 21

Members assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing participating in INIOCHOS 21 board a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. The U.S. Air Force has participated in INIOCHOS since 2017 and will provide Airmen, aircraft and equipment from the 31st FW this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

HAF transports 31 FW members to INIOCHOS 21

Members assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing participating in INIOCHOS 21 board a Hellenic air force C-130 Hercules at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 6, 2021. INIOCHOS 21 is an annual exercise held at Andravida Air Base in Greece that improves readiness and responsiveness with allied forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)


U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrived at Andravida Air Base, Greece, to support INIOCHOS 21. The exercise is a Hellenic air force-sponsored operational and tactical level field training exercise, hosted by the Hellenic Air Tactics Center at Greece’s fighter weapons school, located at Andravida Air Base, Greece, from April 12-22, 2021.

The exercise aims to enhance combat readiness and fighting capability, while providing participants the opportunity to develop capabilities planning and conduct complex air operations in a multinational, joint force environment.

Along with Greek and U.S. participants, Canada, Cyprus, Israel, Slovenia, Spain and the United Arab Emirates are scheduled to support. Participation in multinational exercises like INIOCHOS 21 enhances our professional relationships and improves overall coordination with ally and partner militaries during times of crisis.

“INIOCHOS is an important opportunity for our Airmen to train alongside and learn from our Greek allies as well as the other exercise participants,” said U.S. Air Force Gen Jeff Harrigian, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander. “It both improves the relationships that underpin our military alliance and creates opportunities to refine critical skills that enhance our interoperability.”

Additional U.S. forces scheduled to participate include KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, MQ-9 Reaper aircraft assigned to the 731st Expeditionary Attack Squadron, flying out of Campia Turzii, Romania, and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers assigned to the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, Vilseck, Germany.

Our ability to quickly respond and reassure allies and partners rests upon the fact that we are here, in Europe, forward and ready.

For more information, contact U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs at usafepao.pao@us.af.mil or usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil.