by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/21/2015 - TRAPANI AIR BASE, Italy -- Two
F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 480th Fighter
Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, participated in the Trapani
Air Show at Trapani Air Base, Italy, Oct. 19, 2015.
The air show was kicked off Trident Juncture 2015, a multiservice,
multinational training exercise involving more than 30,000 troops from
over 30 Allied and partner ations taking place throughout Europe.
"Today's activities demonstrate just one part of Trident Juncture 2015,"
said U.S. Air Force General Philip M. Breedlove, U.S. European Command
and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. "These multinational forces
from air, land, sea and special operations are highly interoperable and
have proven capable of conducting complex military maneuvers across the
spectrum of operations. Our focus in NATO is that our measures remain
defensive, proportional and appropriate."
Aircraft from multiple nations performed flyovers together in numerous
formations while static displays of additional aircraft were presented
on the ground.
Six Airmen from the 52nd AMXS travelled to Trapani to prepare
Spangdahlem's two F-16's for both activities lead by U.S. Air Force
Master Sgt. Trip Bolding, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron production
"When you get the jet in the air, regardless of what type of mission it
is flying, that is the best part of our job," Bolding said. "It is
especially rewarding when we get to see a flyby over us. It is more up
close and personal and is the reason we are here."
The 52nd AMXS Airmen worked alongside other nations' maintenance crews
proving that interoperability was not only a factor in the air, but on
the ground as well.
"The Italian Air Force was a great host for this event," Bolding said.
"We worked with their people and also the Polish air force maintenance
personnel. Any time we needed help they were there to lend a hand."
More Spangdahlem Airmen will continue to build upon established
relationships with other nations' troops as Trident Juncture 2015 moves
forward to increase NATO's readiness and ability to adapt to emerging