US-Greek Air Forces Conduct Bilateral Training

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    SOUDA BAY, Greece - The Hellenic air force and the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron continue bilateral training at Souda Bay, Greece.

    Approximately 300 U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, commenced training Jan. 22, 2016 with the Hellenic air force 115th Combat Wing to evaluate aircraft and personnel capabilities.


    "We should all care about this training because we are all part of NATO," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Timothy Murphy, 480th EFS commander. "Anytime we can come together as partners to work on various mission sets prepares us for any mission that NATO may task to Spangdahlem. One of the biggest things we want to do is work with the joint terminal attack controllers on the ground."

    The scenarios involve notional events as well as combined flying operations between the countries to help identify and negate coordination concerns that may arise during real-world events. The U.S. demonstrates its shared commitment to a safe and secure Europe through engagements such as these by strengthening its relationships with allied partners.

    This training is made possible through the efforts of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, the command which governs all U.S. air assets in Europe with the duty to train, equip and deploy combat-ready Airmen. Their posture is to continuously hone skills during peacetime, poise to address any security threats, and ensure regional peace and stability.

    "I think everything that we have done represents the Forward-Ready-Now mentality," said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Parsons, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent. "It's a case of readiness being the key, we needed to come out here to get our team ready-to-go and keep them ready."

    Souda Bay is located on the island of Crete southeast of Athens. One of the station's primary functions is to support airborne operations in this strategically critical area of the world. Throughout the next two weeks, the Hellenic air force's 115th Combat Wing pilots will train with their U.S. counterparts here to enhance their capabilities with different flying roles: air-to-air combat, suppression of enemy air defense, air interdiction, counter-air and close air support.

    "There is a lot that went into making this FTD possible," Murphy said. "Anytime you are moving 300 people over a thousand miles away from their home station, it's a huge effort from a lot of different organizations. Our team and the Hellenic air force making all this happen is just phenomenal."

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    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft pilot assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. Eighteen F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, participated in the deployment, which marked the fourth of its kind on the island since 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A U.S. Air Force pilot from the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron prepares for flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft during a flying training deployment on the flightline at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. Through engagements such as these that strengthen relationships with allies and partners, the U.S. demonstrates its shared commitment to a safe and secure Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, signals an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron for departure from the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28. 2016. More than 300 personnel from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, participated in the flying training deployment between the Hellenic and U.S. Air Forces at Souda Bay, Jan. 22-Feb. 15, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    U.S. Air Force pilots from the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron taxi F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft during a flying training deployment on the flightline at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. This training represents the fourth of its kind between the U.S. and Greek air forces since January 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A row of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron remain parked on the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. This flying training deployment allows both U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the Hellenic air force to extend joint war-fighting capability through operational training. These integrated capabilities and interoperability help sustain our alliance and partnership with Greece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A Hellenic air force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 340th Fighter Squadron takes off during a flying training deployment on the flightline at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. The aircraft conducted the training as part of the bilateral deployment between the Greek and U.S. Air Forces to develop interoperability and cohesion between the two NATO partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft pilot assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron fastens his breathing mask onto his helmet while in the aircraft's cockpit on the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. The aircraft conducted the training as part of the bilateral deployment between the Greek and U.S. Air Forces to develop interoperability and cohesion between the two NATO partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A U.S. Air Force crew chief assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron aircraft maintenance unit, performs pre-flight inspections on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th EFS on the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28. 2016. Crew chiefs perform pre-flight and secondary inspections of the aircraft before pilots taxi the aircraft to the flightline for takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A Hellenic air force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 340th Fighter Squadron soars over the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. The training covered basic and air combat maneuvers aimed at honing the skills between the Greek and U.S. air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

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    A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from the flightline during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 28, 2016. The training took place on the northwest bay of Crete, alongside the island's White Mountain range and parts of northern Greece. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)
     
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