Salutes & Awards

May 24, 2013

Klomp Award highlights Dutch, 162nd alliance during demo training

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith
162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

162_pict
When the Netherlands Detachment Tucson Arizona (NTDA) here at the 162nd Fighter Wing require a high level of professionalism in supporting their training mission, they count on the Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) in collaboration with the 148th Fighter Squadron to successfully negotiate the challenges of preparing pilots for battle.

Once a year, however, members of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) also work with Tucson Airmen to accomplish a different type of training that involves showcasing aviation power to the public: air demonstration.

From March 4 – 13 at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, two pilots from the RNLAF F-16 Demo Team, along with maintenance, crew and avionics support from the AMU, trained for the upcoming Air Force Days, or Luchtmachtdagen, at Volkel Air Base, The Netherlands and other sites in Europe.

While most aviation enthusiasts and general spectators often associate air demos that display complex formations lasting around an hour, Lt. Col. Maurits Schonk, NDTA commander, said the Dutch demo team showcases one jet during a 10 minute show, focusing on quality – not quantity – during that brief time span.

“The whole aim of the Dutch demo team is to show the capabilities of the aircraft – flying at really low altitudes, climbing and descending really fast and making a short landing with our drag chutes,” he said.

Because of operational priorities and adverse weather conditions in his home country, Schonk wanted to facilitate demo training in Arizona, extending the RNLAF’s motto of “One Team, One Task” to his American counterparts.

The Dutch were counting on 8-10 sorties during the training, but were able to complete 15.

“Sometimes there are maintenance cancellations or unforeseen circumstances involved and we can’t get what was scheduled; but in this case, we went above and beyond and reproduced more sorties than what they asked for,” said 2nd Lt. R. Abby Scott, AMU officer-in-charge.

In recognition of the AMU’s efforts, the Dutch singled out Staff Sgt. Elaine Broacha with the Klomp Award. Named after the trademark shoe of Dutch farmers and now souvenir most often associated with The Netherlands, the Klomp Award is presented to the “top performer in the 148th Fighter Squadron in recognition of outstanding performance and dedication to duty” while making “invaluable contributions to the mission of the RNLAF.”

“Seeing her out on the flight line showed us that she’s really an Airman that takes pride in what she does,” said Adjutant Warrant Officer Danny Van Der Molen, NDTA maintenance liaison officer. “(But) the team together showed camaraderie, bonding well with the Dutch program.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force Illustration by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Don’t become a target

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical informa...
 
 
BreastCancerAwareness_pict

An Airman’s story: My mother didn’t fight alone

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – His green eyes frantically searched the crowd for his dying mother. During his final pass and review at basic military training (BMT) he saw her in the stands, cheering him on. A year later, ...
 
 

Fire Prevention Week 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Sparky the Fire Dog, National Fire Protection Association spokesdog, and members from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight taught children from the Child Development Center how to stop, drop and roll at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 8. The 355th FES conducted several events in conjunction with Fire...
 

 

Troops to Teachers helps Airmen serve after separation

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – For many service members who are separating from the military, finding employment that utilizes prior training or skills gained while serving can be difficult. For Airmen who are honorably discharged from their military commitment and have an interest in ‘serving’ again as an educational instructor, the Troops to Teachers program is...
 
 

Military Tuition Assistance Program implements changes for FY15

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – Air Force active duty Airmen who want to take advantage of the military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year can expect several changes that were implemented on Oct. 1, 2014. The new Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, also referred to as AF COOL, will take the place...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin