by Capt. Gerald Underwood
10/19/2015 - LOS LLANOS AIR BASE, Spain -- The
commander of 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force at
USAFE-AFAFRICA visited the participants of the Tactical Leadership Programme's 15-3 Flying Course on Sept. 24, in Albacete, Spain.
During his visit, Lt. Gen. Timothy Ray stressed the importance of
continuously training as a coalition in order to meet future security
challenges. Nearly 80 pilots, crew, and staff from 12 nations gathered
to hear Ray speak, and he thanked them for their commitment to building
"Working well together is an integral part of our shared security," Ray
said. "In NATO, we have the benefit of strong national friendships, and
programs like TLP build on those bonds to improve Composite Air
The purpose of the TLP program is to increase the effectiveness of
Allied Air Forces by training side-by-side, and is one of the many ways
the Air Force works with its NATO allies to face security challenges as a
Ray also discussed the multi-faceted nature of operations in Africa.
"What we do in Africa has to be flexible. It's not one issue but a
series of challenges that require a different approach to each one," Ray
stressed. "Our French allies have been doing some great work along with
several other countries, and we need to continue those efforts and be
able to adapt to changing situations."
Ray was updated on operations, academics, and the future of the program
by Col. Antonio Bernal Fuentes, TSP commandant, Col. Cloyce Adams,
Warrior Preparation commander, and Lt. Col. Ethan Myers, Detachment 1
Earlier in his visit, Lt. Gen. Ray coined TSgt LaBrake, SSgt Rivera, and SSgt Clark for their contributions to their units.