by Capt. Paulino Vico
Spanish Patriot Unit Public Affairs
8/4/2015 - ADANA, Turkey -- Turkish
air force cadets from the General Air Force Academy in Istanbul toured
the Spanish Patriot Unit and facilities near Adana Şakirpaşa Airport,
July 31, 2015 here.
The cadets were greeted by Lt. Col. Juan Castilla, Spanish Patriot Unit
contingent commander, who gave a briefing on the unit's role in
operation Active Fence, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Integrated
Air and Missile Defense, and the anti-aircraft system's technical
characteristics and capabilities.
Following the brief, the cadets ended the tour by visiting the unit's
facilities as well as meet the Spanish soldiers who support the mission.
In particular, the cadets viewed the battery deployment control zone,
where the students learned about the equipment that makes up the
battery, the Engage Control Station, the Multifunction-Radar and the
Electronic Power Plant.
The tour is part of a week-long active duty immersion tour to Incirlik
Air Base for the air force cadets. This year is the first time Turkish
air force cadets have ever visited a Spanish military unit in Turkey.
Therefore, the visit was more than just a normal tour. It was an
opportunity to highlight the alliance Spain has with its Turkish
partners as well as a chance for the cadets to learn about foreign
military operations which can benefit them in their future military
In approximately a month, the cadets will commission as second
lieutenants in the Turkish air force. They will then relocate to Izmir,
Turkey, where they will spend the next three years of military training
which will include lessons on anti-aircraft systems such as the patriot
system. In the meantime, the cadets will conduct their first training
Editor's note: This article was submitted by the Spanish Patriot
Unit public affairs office and published by the 39th Air Base Wing in an
effort to highlight the mission, partnership, and operations of U.S.
and NATO allies in Turkey.