by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
2/18/2015 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- The
3rd Air Force commander announced the beginning of the U.S. Air Force's
first European theater security package Feb. 18, 2015, at Spangdahlem
Air Base, Germany.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th
Expeditionary Air Force commander, addressed media, local authorities
and the 52nd Fighter Wing while welcoming the 354th Expeditionary
Fighter Squadron at the start of the first European TSP rotation.
According to an initial release by U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air
Forces Africa, the squadron will fly with NATO allies and support
Operation Atlantic Resolve. OAR is a demonstration of U.S. European
Command and USAFE-AFAFRICA's continued commitment to the collective
security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in
Twelve U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft and
approximately 300 Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan
Air Force Base, Ariz., are supporting this rotation. The unit will train
alongside NATO allies and deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO
nations to further enhance interoperability.
"This TSP is a long range, strategic capability to allow the Air Force
greater flexibility against evolving threats," Roberson said. "It is not
tied to a specific platform or aircraft, but instead is a method of
presenting forces at the right time to the right combatant commander.
Our abilities must remain agile to sustain and increase regional
Depending on mission and EUCOM requirements, rotations of TSPs will
generally last six months. While TSP missions are new to Europe, the Air
Force has been conducting TSP rotations in the Pacific since 2004.
"This operation will remain a construct here in Europe as long as it is
needed," Roberson said. "The Airmen of the 354th EFS are ready to give
quick support and quick defense. They will continue to reassure our
allies the U.S. commitment to NATO."