A-10s Deploy to Europe to
Boost Interoperability With Allies
Compiled from U.S. European Command and
U.S. Air Forces in Europe News Releases.
Stuttgart, Germany – (DoD News) – February 11, 2015 – The Air Force has
deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as
part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve,
U.S. European Command officials announced yesterday.
The A-10 "Tank Killer" -- U.S. Air Force
© Archive photo
About 300 airmen and support equipment are deploying with the
A-10s from the
355th Fighter Wing, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,
"While in Germany, these aircraft will forward-deploy to
locations in Eastern European NATO nations," said Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, Eucom
spokesman. "Units will conduct training alongside our NATO allies to strengthen
interoperability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and
stability of Europe."
Demonstration of Continued Commitment
Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S.
European Command's and U.S. Air Forces in Europe's continued commitment to
NATO's collective security and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in
the region, officials said.
"The Air Force has been rotating forces as a part of OAR for
the past year," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom Jones, vice commander of USAFE and
Air Forces Africa. "The [theater security package] is another way the Air Force
is increasing rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies and partner
nations that our commitment to European security is a priority."
The Air Force's forward presence in Europe provides the
support infrastructure needed to increase the current force and build new and
deeper partnerships across the continent, Jones added.
The A-10s are the first of several theater security package
deployments to Europe, officials said, adding that rotations generally will last
six months, depending on mission and Eucom requirements.
Although this deployment is a first in Europe, officials said,
the Air Force has been conducting similar theater support rotations in the
Pacific region since 2004.
U.S. European Command
U.S. Air Forces in Europe
Special Report: Operation Atlantic Resolve
EUCOM announces USAF deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve
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