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Release: 17-60 August 4, 2017
A-10’s, MC-130J Deploy to Baltic Region for Multinational Training
STUTTGART, Germany – Ten A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, an MC-130J Commando II, and approximately 270 Airmen from bases in the U.S. and Europe will deploy to Amari Air Base, Estonia, Aug. 4-20, to participate in a Forward Training Deployment (FTD) to increase interoperability and relations between Airmen.
“We are strong members of the NATO Alliance and remain prepared with credible force to assure, deter and defend our Allies,” said Maj. Gen. Jon K. Kelk, Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Forces Africa. “When we have the opportunity to train with coalition air forces, everyone benefits.”
While deployed, the A-10s are scheduled to train with the Finnish air force F/A-18 Hornets in Finland, Spanish air force F/A-18 Hornets in Estonia and multinational JTACs in Latvia.
The A-10s are from the 175th Wing, Warfield Air National Guard Base, Md. The MC-130J is from the 352nd Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.K.
Flight operations will take place in Finnish, Estonian, Latvian and international airspace.
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