Readout of US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin’s counterpart visit with Slovak Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Róbert Tóth

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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin hosted Slovak Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Róbert Tóth for an official counterpart visit June 11 to reaffirm the close U.S.-Slovakia bilateral defense relationship and explore new opportunities to advance mutual security interests.

As part of the visit, Tóth received a full honors arrival and was awarded a Legion of Merit at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, attended both an office call and staff talks with Allvin at the Pentagon, and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

During the office call, Allvin expressed concern and sympathy over the recent attempted assassination of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and offered his best wishes for Fico’s swift recovery. Allvin also congratulated Slovakia on its 20-year anniversary as a member of NATO, noting Slovakia’s steadfast commitment to the alliance and its critical role in maintaining peace and security in Europe. Allvin praised Slovak Air Force modernization efforts and reaffirmed the U.S. Air Force commitment to Slovakia’s acquisition of F-16 Block 70 aircraft, which he underscored will strengthen bilateral defense cooperation, increase interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces, and reinforce the security of NATO’s Eastern Flank. Allvin further conveyed appreciation for Slovakia’s support to Ukraine, including its humanitarian assistance efforts and hosting of thousands of refugees. 

The office call was followed by staff talks to discuss a range of topics. Subjects included bilateral security cooperation, Slovakia’s F-16 program, and air defense.

In addition to his engagements in the national capital region, Tóth traveled to Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, for briefings on remotely piloted aircraft capabilities. He also visited nearby Nellis AFB to receive briefings on Red Flag exercises and F-16 operations and maintenance.