U.S. Air Force aircraft arrive at Ostrava Airport for NATO Days

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U.S. Air Force Airmen and aircraft have arrived at Ostrava Airport, Czech Republic, to participate in NATO Days, Sept. 16-17, 2023. NATO Days is the largest security show in central Europe, consisting of heavy military hardware presentations, police and rescue equipment, dynamic displays of Special Forces training, flying displays, and presentations of armaments, equipment, and gear of individual units.

The US Air Force Air Combat Command F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team is scheduled to perform at NATO Days for the first time, along with various models of aircraft. Currently, the F-35 Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force, England, and a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 155th Air Refueling Wing, Nebraska Air National Guard, are scheduled to participate as statics.

In addition to the aircraft statics, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band will play throughout the event, and have been conducting community outreach in Ostrava and Opava leading up to NATO Days. The USAFE Band serves as bridge to increase our cultural ties and enrich the partnership between the U.S. and Czech Republic, as well as our Allies and Partners, through music.

U.S. military presence during NATO Days is key to highlighting U.S commitment to European Allies and Partners and showcasing U.S. capabilities to diverse audiences. It also increases understanding of European Ally and Partner capabilities which enhances our ability to operate together.

NATO Days strengthens ties with Allies and Partners and demonstrates the unwavering U.S. commitment to Europe, illustrating that the U.S. is here alongside our Allies, strengthening our interoperability, and if necessary, ready to defend the NATO Alliance.

For more information, please call +49 (0) 6371-47-6558 or e-mail usafepao.pao@us.af.mil. If after duty hours, please call +49 (0) 1624-25-5428 or e-mail usafepa.pastaffdutyofficer@us.af.mil