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RAF Mildenhall KC-135 crew strengthens relationship with Romanian air force

Romania air force F-16s fly in formation with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England during air refueling training over the skies of Romania March 12, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

Romania air force F-16 Fighting Falcons fly in formation with a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England, during air refueling training over the skies of Romania March 12, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A KC-135 Stratotanker crew conduct pre-flight checks at RAF Mildenhall, England, March 11, 2019. The crew was involved in training with Romanian air force F-16s over the skies of Romania which enhanced regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation, collaboration, interoperability with NATO partners and other allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A Romanian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during training over the skies of Romania, March 11, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A Romanian air force F-16 prepares to receive fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England during training over the skies of Romania, March 11, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A Romanian air force F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during training over the skies of Romania, March 11, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A Romanian air force F-16 receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England during training over the skies of Romania, March 11, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A Romanian air force F-16 receives fuel from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during training over the skies of Romania, March 11, 2019. The training was an example of U.S. and NATO allies sharing a commitment to promote peace and stability through developing their relationship and communication process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A KC-135 Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall, England arrives in Bucharest, Romania for air refueling training with Romanian air force counterparts, March 11, 2019. The crew was involved in training with Romanian air force F-16s over the skies of Romania which enhanced regional capabilities to secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation, collaboration, interoperability with NATO partners and other allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, arrives in Bucharest, Romania, for air refueling training with Romanian air force counterparts, March 11, 2019. The crew trained with Romanian air force F-16 Fighting Falcons over the skies of Romania to enhance regional capabilities, and secure air sovereignty and promote peace and security through cooperation, collaboration, interoperability with NATO partners and other allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)

BUCHAREST, Romania --

Airmen with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron and the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron participated in air refueling training alongside members of the Romanian air force in Bucharest, Romania, March 11-15.


The KC-135 Stratotanker crew refueled Romanian air force F-16 Fighting Falcons over the week, which focused on interoperability with their Romanian counterparts and enhanced the operational readiness of both nations.


“The training this week exceeded our expectations,” said Senior Airman Corey Marion, 351st ARS boom operator. “With such a vast number of alliances we have in this theatre, it’s crucial to show our continued commitment to our allies and secure the skies of Europe and Africa.”


On March 12, Romanian air force and civilian members took a tour of the jet to speak with the crew about refueling missions and joined the 351st ARS for a refueling mission of their home nation’s F-16s.


“The U.S. Air Force has always been a great partner of ours,” said Romanian warrant officer Pantilimon Bogdan. “Today was just another example of both sides continuing to strengthen our ability to work together in this part of the world.”


Capt. Logan Dean, 351st ARS pilot, agreed.


“With the different capabilities of each NATO member, missions like ones we undertook are vital to peace in this theater,” Dean expressed. “It is important for all of our allies to know how vital they are to us, and how vital the mission at RAF Mildenhall is to them.”

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