by 2nd Lieutenant Kellie Rizer
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
11/2/2015 - Uvda Air Force Base, Israel -- The U.S. Ambassador to Israel visited the Blue Flag exercise at Uvda Air Force Base, Israel, Oct. 26.
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro arrived in Uvda to observe U.S. participation
in the multinational exercise, which included air forces from Israel,
Greece, Poland and the U.S.
Blue Flag, modeled after the Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base,
Nevada, allows Airmen from ally nations to train together in realistic
war scenarios to build partnerships and increase interoperability.
"Every time the United States military and the IDF (Israeli Defense
Force) train together, we learn how to operate together more effectively
and observe the techniques that each military uses while deepening the
relationships and the support we have for each other," Ambassador
Shapiro said. "That's a very important function for strengthening the
military alliance between the United States and Israel."
Ambassador Shapiro met with Lt. Col. John Stratton, 493rd Fighter
Squadron commander, and thanked Airmen from the 493rd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, for their
participation in this year's exercise.
"I'm incredibly proud that U.S. Air Force pilots are here training with
their Israeli counterparts to learn from each other and deepen their
relationships, to learn how to operate together against common
adversaries and ultimately, to strengthen the alliance between our
countries," Ambassador Shapiro said. "I don't think it happens anywhere
as well as it happens when our militaries train together."