Air Force

November 1, 2013

Air Force News – November 1, 2013

European partnerships vital to global security, says Breedlove

It makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, the officer who serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command said Monday.

Together, the United States and Europe make up half of the world economy, Gen. Philip Breedlove said in a discussion with reporters at the Pentagon. And even as force structures change due to shifting economic climates, he said, the transatlantic bond will remain strong.

“We’re absolutely connected to these nations militarily,” he said. “After 12 years of fighting together in Afghanistan, we are at the pinnacle of our cohesiveness — at the pinnacle of our interconnectedness.

“Our ability to work together — our tactics, techniques and procedures — are all the same and forged around what is NATO-standard,” Breedlove said. “And therefore, it is very easy for us to take the field together and do those missions that our nations want them to do.”

The general noted that between 2007 and 2011, EUCOM trained 42,000 NATO and NATO-partner troops to deploy to Afghanistan.

“That’s 42,000 Americans that didn’t have to go to Afghanistan,” he said. “Our ability to remain connected to these armies and these air forces (is) directly related to our force structure in Europe.”

New Mexico

The Defense Department announced the successful testing of an advanced conventional precision effects warhead, a critical part of a national effort to establish a conventional prompt strike capability. This capability will contribute to the country to defend its interests with precision weapons at hypersonic speeds.

Washington D.C.

The Air Force plans to resume two popular, high-visibility programs, the Thunderbirds and Wings of Blue aerial demonstration teams, in 2014. Both will return with full seasons.

Afghanistan

Jacoby Miller, 5, son of Capt. Garrett Miller, 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron physician assistant, made the ceremonial call to start this year’s World Series. The Red Sox organization offered this opportunity to a child whose parent is currently deployed to an overseas location.

Australia

Two Airmen received a unique opportunity when the Military Personnel Exchange Program Asia-Pacific chose them to be among the first enlisted instructors in the program’s 40-year history to be stationed at foreign flying squadrons.




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