A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for
122nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs.
Sliač Air Base, Slovakia — (AFNS)
— July 20, 2016 — The 122nd Fighter Wing has deployed eight A-10 Thunderbolt IIs
and about 140 Airmen here for a month-long combined training event in support of
Operation Atlantic Resolve.
An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxies after landing at Sliač Air Base, Slovakia
The Airmen will conduct training and familiarization events
alongside Slovak Armed Forces, a NATO ally. In addition, they will also
participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S. Air Force and NATO
aircraft in the region. As part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, this deployment
continues to demonstrate America’s commitment to its allies and deterrence
efforts against Russia.
The 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, part of the 122nd
FW, will fly with the Slovak Air Force to demonstrate close air support
capabilities and conduct familiarization classroom events to further integrate
the two air forces. The classroom events include safety procedures, further air
combat maneuver discussions and air surveillance techniques. The unit will also
participate in cross-border flights with deployed U.S. Air Force total force
partners flying F-16 Fighting Falcons, KC-135 Stratotankers, C-130 Hercules and
other aircraft from allied nations.
This is the first deployment of the 163rd EFS to Sliač Air
Base. However, Indiana, where the 122nd FW is stationed, has held a robust state
partnership with Slovakia since 1993. The State Partnership Program (SPP) has
been successfully building relationships for over 20 years that includes 70
unique security partnerships involving 76 nations around the globe. SPP links a
unique component of the Defense Department , a state's National Guard, with the
armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually
These rotation forces are the cornerstone for increasing U.S.
military combat capabilities, which are essential to fulfilling the nation’s
European security obligations. These deployments reinforce the U.S. commitment
to NATO during an unpredictable and uncertain time.
The deployed Airmen have been through extensive preparation,
ranging from cultural awareness to weapons qualification and medical training.
These Airmen will carry out the same job overseas that they’ve been trained on
each month as 122nd FW guardsmen.