U.S. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, began off-site aerial training for the first time since their arrival at Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group here, March 18.
The training enhances interoperability, allowing pilots to take advantage of a unique opportunity to operate across the range of military operations with precise full-spectrum capabilities.
“Bilateral training is essential for future operations within NATO responsibilities,” said Lt. Col. John Peterson, the 555th Fighter Squadron commander. “When we execute operations in possible real-world situations, we need to have taken the opportunity to train with our fellow NATO nations. In this case, having been invited by the Polish government to train with Polish air force counterparts, it’s a unique opportunity for us to combine forces.”
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