by Senior Master Sgt. Wesley Fleming
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
6/24/2015 - LASK, Poland -- -- The
Air Force, along with its Polish counterparts, participated in NATO
exercise Ramstein Guard with the first F-16 flights from the South
Carolina Air National Guard, and the 32nd Tactical Wing here June 15.
Ramstein Guard, held June 15-19, was an electronic warfare exercise in which Poland was the lead nation.
"This is an excellent opportunity," said Major Nathaniel "Taos" Karrs,
the Łask deployed force commander. "During Ramstein Guard, we focused on
interoperability and communication, while demonstrating resolve of our
allies and partner forces."
As part of Ramstein Guard, the U.S. sent 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons from
the 480th and 157th Fighter Squadrons and approximately 250 service
members to employ land and air capabilities.
"Exercises such as Ramstein Guard allow us to work alongside our allies,
providing our perspective on operations, while gaining an understanding
on how our partners conduct their operations," said Capt. Jeffrey
"Slander" Entine, the Project officer for this rotation. "We learn from
each other so that if there is a conflict in which we are operating
together we understand and can anticipate each other's needs."
Ramstein Guard is the Allied Air Command's name for a series of
exercises executed by one of the Combined Air Operations Centers under
the NATO Electronic Warfare Force Integration Program.
The training is designed to train NATO forces to operate in an adverse
electromagnetic environment in an integrated and coordinated fashion.
Along with Ramstein Guard, the Airmen deployed to Łask Air Base also
participated in Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise Saber
Strike 2015 and Polish-led combined exercise Eagle Talon in the Baltic
region, all of which are supported by the 52 Operations Group Aviation
Detachment 1 located at Łask and Powidz Air Bases in Poland.