by Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
3/18/2015 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- More
than 100 personnel and six F-16 Fighting Falcons landed at Campia
Turzii, Romania, to kick off a bilateral Romanian and U.S. Air Force
training event March 10 to 27.
Exercise Dacian Warhawk featured U.S. and Romanian Airmen working
side-by-side to establish a base and conduct both ground and air
operations with NATO partners.
"It's been a great experience to work alongside the 52nd Fighter Wing to
strengthen our alliance with the Romanian air force," said Col. Steven
Edwards, 435th Contingency Response Group commander. "I'm extremely
proud of all the 435th AGOW Airmen helping to make this exercise a
success--from the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal
attack controllers supporting operations on Cincu Range, to the 435th
Construction and Training Squadron installing aircraft arresting systems
here, to 1st Combat Communications Squadron supporting all players with
a robust communications capability. Not to mention the air advisors
from Detachment 1 working a multitude of events designed to build
partnerships with our Romanian counterparts--everyone is stepping-up."
The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing hosted a series of events designed
to build partnerships by sharing knowledge, skills and best practices.
Airmen from airfield operations, air traffic control, medical and
logistics developed training plans to effectively share knowledge
between the two nations.
"I believe the next two weeks will be a great opportunity, not only to
increase our efficiency, but mostly to tighten up the bonds between the
U.S. and Romanian air force," said Romanian air force Col. Marious Oatu,
71st Air Base commander. "So fly safe and good luck."
As Airmen passed along knowledge and best practices on the ground, U.S.
F-16CJ Fighting Falcon pilots and Romanian Mig-26 pilots took to the
skies to hone their skills.
"It's an honor to be here and train side-by-side with the Romanians,"
said Lt. Col. David Berkland, 480th Fighter Squadron commander. "We hope
by being here we can increase the cooperation between our countries and
NATO partners and be able to provide increased security in the Eastern
The training event will continue through March 27 and continue to
improve the interoperability between the two nations, while further
increasing relations as NATO partners.