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Pensacola native selected for international training mission
A Pensacola native was selected for an international training mission.
Captain Thomas Daniels, a F-16 pilot stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy, has been selected to participate in a NATO exercise in Poland next month with the U.S. Air Force.
On June 13, 2011, the U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Lee Feinstein, and the Polish Defense Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a USAF Aviation Detachment in Poland. The Av-Det personnel who arrived in October 2012 are stationed in Poland on a continuous basis. Together with a rotational deployment of U.S. military aircraft, they form the basis of an enduring partnership.
The goal of this increased cooperation between the United States and Polish Air Forces is to strengthen interoperability as NATO allies through regular combined training exercises and military-to-military engagement. The four annual aircraft rotations will primarily consist of F-16 or C-130 aircraft which will conduct a minimum of two weeks of flying each rotation. Two of the four rotations are intended to be with USAF F-16 aircraft.
U.S. and Polish officials continue to work on implementing arrangements which will further detail the cooperation, such as coordinating on objectives for each rotation. The Av-Det facilitates bilateral and eventually multinational joint theater security cooperation events and optimizes the use of Poland's ranges and airspace to enhance the interoperability of both counties' air forces. The detachment will also enhance daily interactions at all levels, and capitalize on U.S./Poland processes to continue to build strong partnerships.
The third Av-Det rotational deployment of military aircraft is from July 15-26, moving aircraft from the 510th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, to Lask Air Base, Poland. The Polish and U.S. embassies are working to showcase interoperability as well as USAF members and aircraft to a global audience.