NATO Sec Gen Visits Joint Warfare Center in Norway

10/15/2015
10/15/2015: The Norwegians are serious about defense. And they are investing in capabilities to provide deterrence against their aggressive neighbor, the Russian bear. In the rollout of the first Norwegian F-35, Norwegian defense officials made it clear that there were focused on transforming their forces, with the F-35 as a…

2D LAAD Red Flag

10/03/2015
10/03/2015: U.S. Marines assigned to 2d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Bravo Battery, establish a simulated defensive position in support of Red Flag at Tonopah Test Range, Nev., July 23, 2015. Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat exercise to train U.S., NATO, and other allied countries for air combat…

SP-MAGTF Basing at Moron Air Base Consolidated

06/21/2015
06/21/2015: According to an article by Cheryl Pellerin on the DoD website: WASHINGTON, June 18, 2015 – U.S. and Spanish officials yesterday signed an amendment to the nations’ defense agreement that will change the deployment of the U.S. crisis response force at Moron Air Base from temporary to permanent, defense…

BALTOPS 2015: Working Coalition Force Insertion

06/15/2015
06/15/2015: by Sgt. Tatum Vayavananda BALTIC SEA – Marines from four NATO nations come together during BALTOPS from June 7-17. U.K. Royal Marine Commandos, Finnish Coastal Jaegers, Swedish and U.S. Marines integrate to practice expeditionary, ship-to-shore assaults to enhance their capability to work together as a combined amphibious force. “The U.K. [Commandos]…

Global Hawk and NATO

06/11/2015
06/11/2015: The first of NATO’s five unmanned air vehicles rolled off the factory line in San Diego on Thursday, 4 June 2015.  The Global Hawk Block 40 is part of the Alliance Ground Surveillance Program (AGS).  The NATO-owned and -operated AGS core capability will enable the Alliance to perform persistent…

Joint Warrior 151 in Scotland

05/01/2015
05/01/2015: Joint Warrior is a UK tri-Service multinational exercise that involves numerous warships, aircraft, marines and troops. Joint Warrior provides a complex environment in which UK, NATO and allied units can go through training together in tactics and skills for use in a combined joint task force. The exercise runs…

Simulated Air Attack on Spanish Warship

04/30/2015
04/30/2015: In this phase of Exercise JOINT WARRIOR, a simulated air attack against Spanish warship Mendez Nuñez off the coast of Scotland is highlighted. This is one tactical exercise among many within Exercise JOINT WARRIOR, which ran from April 11-24 off the coast of Scotland. NATO’s three standing naval forces…

USAF 31st Fighter Squadron Train for Baltic Defense

03/25/2015
03/25/2015: Pilots assigned to the 31st Fighter squadron take-off for Estonia March 20, 2015, from Aviano Air Base, Italy. Approximately 280 airmen and 14 Vipers from Team Aviano will work alongside their Estonian partners. The focus is to maintain joint readiness while enhancing interoperability with a NATO ally, particularly the…