by Staff reports
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
2/1/2016 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- More
than 15 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to
the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are
currently on a forward training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, for
bilateral training with the Hellenic air force, Jan. 22-Feb. 15, 2016.
During this pre-planned training engagement, a total of approximately
300 personnel from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base,
Germany, will participate in training focused on maintaining joint
readiness while building interoperability capabilities with NATO
This current flying training deployment represents the fourth of its
kind between U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa and the
Hellenic air force in two years.
"Successful partnering activities like this lead to tangible benefits
during peacetime contingencies and crises," said U.S. Air Force Gen.
Frank Gorenc, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander, on the 494th Fighter Squadron
FTD to Souda Bay in February 2014. "Continuing our partnership with the
Hellenic air force allows both nations to enhance interoperability and
readiness...Any opportunity our forces have to fly in new airspace with
one of our NATO partners is beneficial, in and of itself. As you know,
no nation can confront today's challenges alone."