by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
4/17/2015 - CAMPIA TURZII, Romania -- Leadership
from the Romanian Ministry of National Defense and the U.S. Air Force's
3rd Air Force conducted a visit of Romanian and U.S. Air Forces
executing a bilateral training deployment at Campia Turzii, Romania,
Mircea Dusa, Romanian Minister of National Defense, U.S. Air Force Lt.
Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force
commander, Romanian army Lt. Gen. Nicolae Ciuca, Chief of General Staff,
and Romanian air force Maj. Gen. Laurian Anastasof, Chief of the
Romanian Air Force Staff, toured the installation, congratulated Airmen
and participated in a media event related to the progress of the theater
"We are here today at the invitation of our Romania friends who, like
other Eastern Europeans, are experiencing real anxiety in the wake of
aggression in the Ukraine," Roberson said. "Intimidating actions, which
continue, have created significant distress among Eastern Europeans and
resurrected thoughts of a not too distant past."
Roberson said that U.S. European Command and the U.S. Air Force deployed
additional forces on the continent to reassure its allies and partner
nations, which he described as an effective way to show that European
security is an American priority.
The U.S. Air Force's 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10
Thunderbolt II aircraft and the Romanian air force's 71st Air Base's
MiG-21 fighter aircraft and Puma helicopters partnered together for
training, also known as Dacian Thunder 2015, in order to build upon both
nations' joint capabilities and ensuring a stronger partnership as a
part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen and support equipment from the
355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and the
52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, serve in various
operations, maintenance, mission support, medical and wing staff
functions there, reflecting a combat capable force able to respond to a
wide variety of operations.
He added that the TSP represents the first of its kind in the European
theater, while reflecting those used in the Pacific theater since 2004.
"Although Mr. Putin's recent actions are of concern, this team is not
only in response to him and Russia but also part of a long-range plan,"
he said. "The essential point is that rotational constructs that we see
here [are] part of a steadfast commitment to the long-term safety and
security of our NATO allies.
This rotational construct is also a method for projecting forces at the right time and to the right combatant commanders."
Roberson also highlighted the 354th EFS's accomplishments since arriving
in Europe in February 2015: the execution of more than 400 flights with
more than 1,000 training hours in support of missions with Poland,
Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Romania and others; many flying
training deployments and interoperability events; support to Joint
Terminal Attack Controllers certification; as well as Combat Search and
"These Airmen and A-10s of the 354th EFS provide a strategic symbol as
they represent U.S. commitment to European security and stability,"
Anastasof echoed Roberson's assessment of the TSP, citing it as "more
proof of America's continued commitment to European security."
"Notable accomplishments in theaters of operations provide evidence of
how thoroughly and responsibly our military forces approach exercises
like this one and, at the same time, clearly show the benefits of
military cooperative relationships such as between the U.S. and Romania,
following the principle 'Training together -- fighting together,'"
He also said that the exercise will continue to be a part of future
plans when considering its relation to accomplishing assumed NATO and
"Both NATO and strategic partnership commitments of the Romanian air
force, as well as the way we choose to meet them, give expression to our
solidarity and determination to successfully complete joint projects on
the benefit of peace, freedom and democracy," Anastasof said.
The ceremony concluded with U.S. and Romanian aircraft recommencing training.
"All these training events focus upon increased readiness and toward
greater stability in the area," Roberson said. "Together, we stand to
ensure Europe is whole, free and at peace."