by Staff Sgt. Kris Levasseur
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
3/25/2015 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- Members
of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing air advisor branch provided
Romanian airmen at Campia Turzii, Romania, the opportunity to learn
about U.S. Air Force airfield management operations March 10 to 27
during Dacian Warhawk, a two-week training mission designed to increase
the interoperability between the two nations.
Unlike the U.S. Air Force, the Romanian air force does not have airmen
specifically trained to manage airfield operations and maintain airfield
"Throughout Dacian Warhawk, the 435th AGOW was able to accomplish
several events designed to build partnerships with our Romanian allies
to include airfield management, fuels management, Medical treatment and
fighter pilot integration," said Maj. Justin Rex, 435th Contingency
Response Group air advisor. "In particular, the airfield management
event focused on building the Romanian capacity to have dedicated
airfield managers monitor and develop the airfield manager capacity from
In order to provide the Romanian airmen with a foundation for their
airfield management program, Rex and his team covered a variety of
information including FOD prevention, airfield driving, daily pavement
evaluation and several other aspects of airfield management.
"Building this capability will set the stage to enhance the processes
and procedures to maintain a fully operational airfield and enhance NATO
interoperability," said Tech. Sgt. George Broom, 435th AGOW 435th
Contingency Response Group air advisor.
The airfield management training provided the Romanian airmen with first
steps toward creating a program at Campia Turzii which, if successful,
could be used to develop a program for the entire Romanian air force.
"Campia Turzii will be the first base in Romania that is training and
equipping personnel to handle all airfield management responsibilities,"
said Rex. "This event provided the baseline on which the Romanian air
force can build the airfield management capability and successfully
guide airfield safety and construction projects."
Though their program is still in its infancy, the value of this training
has been immeasurable according to Romanian 2nd Lt. Adam Loam, 71st
Base airman training on airfield management.
"The airfield management training was very useful," said Loam. "This
training helped us change our vision on how we can run our program in
the future. Building our program will help us work together better.
Throughout Dacian Warhawk, Airmen from both nations came together to
teach each other many things, but the programs they built together will
last beyond their stay and support future Airmen accomplish many more