Aviation Rotation 19.4

Aviation Rotation 19.4 is underway at the 32nd Tactical Air Base, Lask, Poland. The 52nd Operations Group Detachment 1 is hosting the exercise alongside their Polish counterparts.

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[Tony] Aviation Rotation 19.4 is underway in Poland at both Lask Air Base and Powidz Air Base. I’m in an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 121st Fighter Squadron, 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, along with KC-135 aircraft and personnel assigned to the 108th Air Refueling Squadron, 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, are participating in the three-week exercise. The 52nd Operations Group Detachment One is hosting the event alongside their Polish Air Force counterparts.

So the positive aspects for our bilateral partnerships for all the deployed forces that come out here, we have about four aviation deployed rotations per year, whether it’s Air National Guard or active duty, bringing them out to Powidz or Lask Air Base is always positive ’cause we’re introducing more people into the partnerships that we see on a daily basis and just strengthening it from across the globe.

[Tony] The bilateral training exercise is designed to enhance partner interoperability and maintain joint readiness.

So training events such as our aviation rotations are based on the main idea that we are trying to strengthen military alliances with us and our NATO allies. That way we’re better prepared to respond to any real or potential threat that may happen now or in the future.

[Tony] From Lask, Poland, I’m Tech Sergeant Tony Plyler.

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