HomeNewsArticle Display

Air National Guard hosts Open Skies flight

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J aircraft taxies at Rosecrans Memorial Airport, St. Joesph, Mo. February 1, 2018 after a training flight for the Treaty on Open Skies. Personnel from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and the Czech Republic participated in the flight designed to promote international cooperation and transparency. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. John Hillier)

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J aircraft taxies at Rosecrans Memorial Airport, St. Joesph, Mo. Feb. 1, 2018 after a training flight for the Treaty on Open Skies. Personnel from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and the Czech Republic participated in the flight designed to promote international cooperation and transparency. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hillier)

ROSECRANS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mo. (AFNS) -- The Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing hosted members of partner military forces for joint training flights over the U.S. at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base here, January 31 to February 2, 2018.

The flights were in accordance with the Treaty on Open Skies, a multi-national arms control treaty designed to build confidence and security among participating nations. Under the terms of the agreement, each state party is allowed to conduct a specified number of flights over the various parties’ territories.

The training flights were conducted on a Canadian CC-130J, a military aircraft similar to the U.S. C-130J Super Hercules, based at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Canada.

Air National Guard Director Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice greeted delegations from the treaty partners and said he was proud to showcase guardsmen’s capabilities in supporting the flight.

“It’s the first time the Air National Guard has been at the table being an active part of something significantly bigger than ourselves in the DoD,” said Rice. “It’s a great opportunity for us to show our professionalism and pride, to show our exceptional facilities and our ability to add value to something very important to our country: the safety, security and stability of how we operate in the world.”

Col. Edward Black, 139th Airlift Wing commander, said his Airmen were proud to be taking part in fulfilling America’s treaty obligations, and for the opportunity to show off their city.

“The 139th Airlift Wing is honored to be part of the Open Skies Treaty,” said Black. “Our role as host to the treaty nations further confirms our unit's commitment to building partnerships. We thank our civic leaders for their support, and look forward to this opportunity to bring more visitors to St. Joseph.”

The Treaty on Open Skies was ratified by the United States in 1992 and went into effect on January 1, 2002. Since that time, the agreement has grown to cover 34 nations which have conducted more than 1350 flights under its auspices.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
The #TotalForce is here and representing at #ASC19. Here's a lineup of tomorrow's events. https://t.co/vxAw3uzlVR
USAF is speaking with #Airmen attending #ASC19 and learning more about their conference experiences. Watch to hear… https://t.co/x5bYJT3oxA
#ICYMI, some of our stellar #Airmen were honored today at the #ASC19 with an awards ceremony. See them here: https://t.co/aqPYQqyiS6
#DrWillRoper: These are the things we need to trend in our #USAF. We need to make these go viral. #deftAFhttps://t.co/p4OUvVMSwi
To maintain a competitive acquisitions system we have to change as the world changes. https://t.co/r4vx6BDgS8
.@ActingSecAF: It truly has been an honor of a lifetime to serve with you these last few months as Acting Secretary… https://t.co/xugoAsWNQq
.@ActingSecAF: We’re building a 21st century force for the Information Age & we can’t do it w/o you. Your ideas, yo… https://t.co/XyKxI3AFQJ
.@ActingSecAF: As @GenDaveGoldfein has maintained, victory is not a birthright, it has to be fought for! America ha… https://t.co/WBlqoHveh4
.@ActingSecAF: Data, information, technology…these are the things that will ensure we compete, deter & win against… https://t.co/tO9igNFFlF
.@ActingSecAF: If the entire @DeptofDefense transitioned to conditioned based mx we could save as much as $15B/yr.… https://t.co/OGFAxl94FM
.@ActingSecAF: We kicked off an initiative in the #USAF working w/ industry to install & sustain #5G networks at 10… https://t.co/rUb5MMrCFv
.@ActingSecAF: The government must spin on tech advancements from industry & the private sector. The same tech that… https://t.co/gMOSFfM2V5
.@ActingSecAF: The #DigitalAF is a transformation in the way we employ data, tech, & infrastructure to remain dominant in the 21st century.
.@ActingSecAF: Instead of relying on one specific platform for future C2, we’re developing a robust open architectu… https://t.co/JfMwoMlQu0
.@ActingSecAF: It will take true teamwork across all forces and domains to meet the difficult challenges posed by future adversaries.
.@ActingSecAF: Victory in combat will depend less on discrete warfighting platforms & more on the networks, data, a… https://t.co/KmrtRj4CRH
.@ActingSecAF: It’s time we truly harness the power of the Information Age and reclaim our significant competitive technological advantage.
.@ActingSecAF: While we need to get bigger, we must also get better. #AirForceWeNeed