by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/26/2015 - SLIAC AIR BASE, Slovakia -- Approximately
40 Airmen and four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Expeditionary
Fighter Squadron completed a deployment to Sliac Air Base, Slovakia, May
25, 2015, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve.
The small contingent trained to improve interoperability in allied air
operations and multinational close-air-support operations with the
Slovakia air force during the week-long deployment.
"This has enhanced our ability to work with another NATO country and
their joint terminal attack controllers and see how our interoperability
will go with their JTACs and our pilots performing CAS," said U.S. Air
Force Maj. Ben Rudolphi, 354th EFS director of operations. "Their
military controllers both in the air and on the ground have been a huge
help to us with our training. They have been open, made us feel at home
here and have really taken care of us."
The 354th EFS is deployed to Campia Turzii, Romania, but participates in
these micro deployments across Europe to show NATO allies the U.S.
commitment to a peaceful and stable Europe as part of a theater security
"The part we got out of this training is knowing that we have another
partner nation that we can operate with almost seamlessly with both
their tactics and the common language of close air support," Rudolphi
These deployments increase interoperability between NATO partners as
well as build stronger ties, said Theodore Sedgwick, U.S. Ambassador to
"The relationship between the Slovak military and the American military
here in Slovakia is very close and has been for many years," said the
ambassador during a May 18 visit to Sliac Air Base. "This is a terrific
way to continue to strengthen the military relationship we have with
The TSP serves as part of a routine deployment of additional fighter
squadrons, support personnel and equipment aimed to bolster U.S. forces
in Europe on a rotating basis. Theater security package rotations have
been occurring in the Pacific region since 2004.