USAFE commander visits Spanish base

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The U. S. Air Forces in Europe commander met with Spanish airmen and commanders of the 712th Air Base Group and observed firsthand how the Spanish and U.S. work together May 11 at Moron Air Base.

Gen. William T. Hobbins toured Europe's en-route base for Air Force fighters and tankers while Spanish airmen showcased their capabilities for the four-star general. 

Airmen at Moron AB have an important, but little known joint mission to assist USAFE officials with providing support to aircraft flying downrange. 

"Today we briefed the general on the unique capabilities at Moron," said Col. Steve Beatty, the 712th Air Base Group commander. "We are a joint base and have a great spirit of cooperation, as well as excellent host nation support."

Although there are no assigned aircraft at Moron AB, the mission is important because of the support for Airmen and aircraft moving downrange, he said.

As part of the visit, General Hobbins flew in the cockpit of a Spanish C-295 CASA, a Spanish transport aircraft, and received a three-ship orientation flight in an EF-2000 Eurofighter.

"Moron is the premier Eurofighter base, and this visit was an excellent opportunity for me to see the professionalism and cooperation of the Airmen here," General Hobbins said. "I really enjoyed experiencing the capabilities of the Eurofighter, and I look forward to a strong relationship with our Spanish partners."

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