An Update on the Afghan Air Force: May 2019

The Afghan Air Force has been going through a modernisation program for the last decade, and it is now reaching operational maturity.  There has been a significant shift forward in the capability to be more operational. ADF advisers at the NATO-led Train, Advise, Assist, Command Air (TAAC-Air) mission, support key…

2nd Marine Logistics Group in Trident Juncture 2018

2nd Marine Logistics Group is participating in Trident Juncture 18 in Norway, supporting II MEF with the six functions of tactical Logistics.  Trident Juncture 18 enhances the U.S. and NATO Allies’ and partners’ abilities to work together collectively to conduct military operations under challenging conditions. 10.17.2018 Video by Lance Cpl. Scarlet…

US F-16s Operating from Sweden in Trident Juncture 2018

F-16C Fighting Falcons and support Airmen from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, arrived at Kallax Air Base, Sweden, in support of Trident Juncture 2018. TRJE18 is the largest NATO exercise since 2015, with participation of more than 50,000 military personnel from 31 nations.  TRJE18…

NATO and Trident Juncture 2018

During Trident Juncture 18, around 50,000 personnel from 31 NATO Allies and partner countries are testing their ability to operate together to defend our populations and territories and deter potential adversaries in NATO’s biggest exercise in recent years. Held in Norway, the exercise began on 25 October and concluded on…

480th Fighter Squadron Trains with Portuguese Air Force

The 480th Fighter Squadron went to Monte Real Air Base, Portugal for Flying Training Deployment with our NATO allies, the 301st Fighter Squadron, and the 201st Fighter Squadron. MONTE REAL, 10, PORTUGAL 02.14.2019 Video by Airman 1st Class Chanceler Nardone  52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs  

Living Through 2017 NATO Deployment

In 2017, NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence saw four new deployments, bringing multinational battlegroups into Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as a response to changing security environments along NATO’s eastern border.  As part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in Latvia, Spain has deployed a heavy armoured unit abroad for the first…

Operation HIGHROAD (2)

The training of Afghan Tactical Air Coordinators (ATACs) by coalition forces, including Australians, is having a significant impact on Afghanistan’s battles with insurgents.  [maxgallery id="122643"] In early December, the Afghan Air Force conducted its first night-time air strike inflicting heavy casualties on insurgents and destroying enemy munitions stores. Operation Highroad…

Operation Highroad

A team of Australian Defence Force service men and women is helping Afghanistan to develop a professional, capable and sustainable air force. The Australians train, assist and advise their Afghan counterparts on command and control, armament and munitions, air operations, engineering, logistics and life support equipment maintenance. [maxgallery id="122620"] Their…