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12 Aviano F16s, support personnel arrive in Poland

Polish air force Col. Nowak Ireneusz greets pilots assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, alongside the Polish 32nd Tactical Squadron pilots March 14, 2014, during an initial meet and greet at Lask Air Base, Poland. NATO training fosters interoperability and enhances bilateral defense ties between the U.S. and their allies. Ireneusz is the 32nd Tactical Air Base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

Polish air force Col. Nowak Ireneusz greets pilots assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, alongside the Polish 32nd Tactical Squadron pilots March 14, 2014, during an initial meet and greet at Lask Air Base, Poland. NATO training fosters interoperability and enhances bilateral defense ties between the U.S. and their allies. Ireneusz is the 32nd Tactical Air Base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

A 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief guides 555th F-16 Fighting Falcons into place, March 14, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. A total of twelve 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons and 200 military personnel arrived to augment an off-site training event, which demonstrates an enduring partnership with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

A 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief guides 555th F-16 Fighting Falcons into place, March 14, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. A total of twelve 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons and 200 military personnel arrived to augment an off-site training event, which demonstrates an enduring partnership with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

A Polish airman guides a C-130 Hercules assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, onto the flightline, March 13, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. 200 U.S. military personnel arrived in Poland, which demonstrates an enduring partnership with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

A Polish airman guides a C-130 Hercules assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, onto the flightline, March 13, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. 200 U.S. military personnel arrived in Poland, which demonstrates an enduring partnership with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly in formation prior to landing, March 14, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. A total of twelve 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons and 200 military personnel arrived to augment an off-site training event, which demonstrates an enduring partnership with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly in formation prior to landing, March 14, 2014, at Lask Air Base, Poland. A total of twelve 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons and 200 military personnel arrived to augment an off-site training event, which demonstrates an enduring partnership with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)

LASK AIR BASE, Poland (AFNS) -- At the invitation of the government of Poland, twelve 555th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcons and approximately 200 personnel assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrived at the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment here, March 14 through 15.

Over the next several days, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the Polish Air Force will be conducting an off site bi-lateral training event that demonstrates the U.S.'s commitment to collective defense responsibilities under NATO's objectives.

"One of our objectives is to develop bonds so if something happens, and we have to take action in a real-world environment, you want to have trained together in advance," said Lt. Col. John Peterson, the 555th Fighter Squadron commander. "You want to develop those tactics, techniques and procedures before you're in a combat environment."

Peterson explains that without a consistent training platform, the U.S. risks reducing its interoperability and its capability to develop and analyze strengths and weaknesses with partnering countries.

"The devil is in the details," Peterson said. "Unless you figure out how to work together at a tactical level--from the squadron commander to the junior Airman turning wrenches--you lose out on the opportunity to know each other's strengths and develop your weaknesses."

The objectives for the off site training are in line with the aviation detachment's original intent, which is to remain ready to operate across the range of military operations with precise, full-spectrum capability, said Maj. Matthew Spears, the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment commander.

"The aviation detachment consists of a small team of U.S. Airmen, in country, on a prolonged basis to act as a coordinating element for joint training between the U.S. and Poland," Spears said. "This is why the AvDet is in place and this is why we are an active detachment."

The detachment was activated in November 2012, and marked the first enduring presence of U.S. military members on Polish soil. The Aviation Detachment's presence in Poland makes it possible to host multiple allied Air Force elements and serve as a regional hub for air training and multi-national exercises. They also facilitate and enable combined U.S. and Polish training and exercises to increase air support to NATO.

The recent arrival of common assets augmenting the detachment marks another milestone in the rotational deployment of U.S. military resources since 2012.

"With the arrival of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the C-130 Hercules in Poland we have seen a strengthening in our partnership between the U.S. and Poland, which is in line with making us interoperable," Spears said.

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