HomeNewsArticle Display

Spangdahlem AB Airmen integrate in joint multinational exercise Astral Knight

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons during an airborne refueling exercise over Poland, Sept. 24, 2020. The KC-135 refueled F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base numerous times during sorties as part of joint multinational exercise Astral Knight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons during an airborne refueling exercise over Poland, Sept. 24, 2020. The KC-135 refueled F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base numerous times during sorties as part of the joint multinational exercise Astral Knight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle over Poland, Sept. 22, 2020. The F-15s, based out of RAF Lakenheath, participated in exercise Astral Knight along with fighter aircraft from Spangdahlem Air Base, Poland and other members of NATO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels a U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle over Poland, Sept. 22, 2020. The F-15s, based out of RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, participated in exercise Astral Knight along with fighter aircraft from Spangdahlem Air Base, Poland and other members of NATO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) --

As part of joint multinational exercise Astral Knight, a KC-10 Extender refueled multiple Polish and U.S. aircraft while over Polish airspace Sept. 22 and 24.

Despite the obvious complications presented by a global pandemic, the U.S. Air Force mission never stops. Astral Knight is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on conducting defense of key terrain. Training involved a combination of flight operations and computer-assisted scenarios.

“We are participating in Astral Knight to extend our forces and partner forces throughout the exercise,” said Capt. Hannah Riddle, 305th Air Mobility Squadron KC-10 pilot. “It demonstrates how quickly and effectively we can respond and show that we are ready to support our allies anywhere in the world.”

Astral Knight demonstrated the capabilities of land, air, and sea interoperability between multinational forces. The exercise also tested the Patriot missile system provided by the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Patriot is a highly mobile surface-to-air missile system that provides a coordinated, secure, integrated, mobile air defense system to USAFE.

“There are a number of countries that are all working together in order to make sure we understand how to command and control, which is to tell the aircraft where to go and how to orchestrate a battle,” said Col. David Epperson, 52nd Fighter Wing commander.

The aircraft utilized a KC-10 to refuel numerous times after performing sorties over Polish airspace. The KC-10 is capable of delivering more than 200,000 pounds of fuel to other aircraft, which included U.S. and Polish fighters over the duration of the exercise.

U.S. participation in multinational exercises enhances professional relationships and improves overall coordination and interoperability with allied and partner militaries.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa have a strong relationship with the 10th Air and Missile Defense Command. Exercises like Astral Knight allows the Air Force to assess and improve the tactics and procedures in a realistic environment.

“Communication with Polish forces and airspace controllers has been a good experience for us,” Riddle said. “It’s important to practice with our partners to build our relationships and improve coordination.”

During Astral Knight, operating areas included the airspace in central and northeast Poland and locations in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Engage

Twitter
RT @grandslamwing: "Accelerate change or lose." - @usairforce CSAF @GenCQBrownJr Since our inception as the 379th Bombardment Group, we…
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? This observation ensures that America’s workplaces…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Culture is who we are, and who we want to be. https://t.co/3SuDArtmdy
Twitter
.@AFSpecOpsCmd Airmen conducted approach and landing training, and fired approximately 600 rounds of .50-caliber am… https://t.co/qvM3IHIfc4
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: …we must also consider our decisions in the context of the key competitions over time...decisions on our missions & capab…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: "Learning from prior recapitalization and modernization plans, we must frame decisions with an enterprise-wide perspectiv…
Twitter
Need a lift? .@Travis60AMW Airmen train @USArmy Soldiers, with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company & 101st Air… https://t.co/obsYg8PGt9
Twitter
View the Dept. of the Air Force Arctic Strategy here: https://t.co/uKE0S1JL55 #ReadyAF #AimHigh https://t.co/w83LjutnsP
Twitter
Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey helps civilians voice their opinions. Learn more here: https://t.co/IjMPGspYE8
Twitter
Unity among military branches and a combined, all-domain effort could be the difference in winning large-scale, mul… https://t.co/MjKDafCQPD
Twitter
An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off during Mission Assurance Exercise 20-20 @48FighterWing. Exercises like MAX 20-20 in… https://t.co/WWZ9j3IXDM
Twitter
RT @HQ_AFMC: Keeping our B-2s mission ready is no small feat, but with only 20 in the active fleet with a high ops tempo & unique mission,…
Twitter
This is how we do Monday morning coffee. Airmen assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron conduct… https://t.co/cj2zGvX11F
Twitter
The 22nd Airlift Squadron from @Travis60AMW transported 49,000 pounds of humanitarian cargo to Guatemala. The cargo… https://t.co/YFB6Jsn9AJ
Twitter
An MQ-9A Reaper assigned to the 556th Test and Evaluation Squadron sits on the ramp at Creech Air Force Base. This… https://t.co/Zpdho7ZOA0
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Happy #NationalTacoDay 🌮🌮🌮! There’s always room for tacos, right? Watch as former Air Force One flight attendant, @usair
Twitter
Master Sgt. Heriberto Mercado Rodriguez's story of overcoming challenges to reach his military dream. #TotalForcehttps://t.co/MDKz6JbikW
Twitter
Flying is the family business Retiring Lt. Col. Scott Notestine & sons SSgt. Cody Notestine & SSgt. Nick Notestin… https://t.co/HacGYeR3wb
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,288,840
Follow Us