Events

May 15, 2012

U.S. Air Force hosts European Tanker Symposium

Tags:
Story and Photos by SrA. Rachel Waller
RAF Mildenhall, England

Capt. Aaron Marx (right) demonstrates the capabilities of a KC-135 Stratotanker to Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Damian Massingham in a flight simulator at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on May 11, 2012. The flight simulator session was part of the European Tanker Symposium, a multinational training event. Marx is an instructor pilot with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron.

The 100th Air Refueling Wing hosted the European Tanker Symposium at RAF Mildenhall, England, May 9-11.

Attendees included the Royal Air Force 101 Squadron, French air force Bretagne Sqadron, Italian air force 14 Wing, Belgium air component, and the U.S. Air Force 603rd Air and Space Operations Center from Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The ETS aimed to help strengthen relationships between the 100th ARW and its NATO allies by networking and sharing experiences for continued operational success during future joint endeavors.

A French air force C-135FR is parked in front of a 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker during the European Tanker Symposium, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on May 11, 2012. Airmen from RAF Mildenhall and visiting forces had the opportunity to see inside these aircraft and an Italian air force KC-767.

The idea for the ETS was inspired by Operation Unified Protector, which was the first time many of the aircrews had the opportunity to work with NATO allies during non-training operations.

“During the operation, improvements were identified that, if implemented, could have made communication easier,” said Capt. Adam Dalson, an event coordinator from the 100th Operations Group.

The lack of experience, limited knowledge about the other NATO allies and the different languages were some of the challenges faced during Operation Unified Protector, Dalson said.

To help alleviate these challenges for any future NATO operations, the 100th ARW created the symposium. The symposium included briefings and guided discussions about lessons learned from Operation Unified Protector and the future of European refueling as well as a familiarization ride in an American KC-135 Stratotanker flight simulator.

In addition, each country’s representatives had the opportunity to teach the other attendees their aerial refueling capabilities. Everyone was also able to tour a KC-135, an Italian KC-767 and a French C-135FR.

Overall, participants said the ETS was and instant success, and they are looking forward to a follow-up event in the future.

“There were some great discussions, which was very good,” said Belgium air component 1st Lt. Christophe De Greef, of the Movement Coordinator Center Europe. “When you go to a meeting, you only have time to give your presentation, that’s it. Here, we had a lot of time to discuss whatever we had to discuss with issues. Hopefully we can work them out for next time and bring some solutions to the table.”

“The symposium has been a larger success than I could have hoped for,” said Dalson. “Everybody was incredibly helpful and really engaged.”

An Italian air force KC-767 taxis on the flightline at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on May 11, 2012. The aircraft and crew were at the base as part of the European Tanker Symposium, a multinational training event.




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


 
 

 

Headlines April 24, 2015

News: More than $1 billion in U.S. emergency reconstruction aid goes missing in Afghanistan - A total of $1.3 billion that the Pentagon shipped to its force commanders in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014 for the most critical reconstruction projects can’t be accounted for by the Defense Department, 60 percent of all such spending under an...
 
 

News Briefs April 24, 2015

German defense minister: widely used rifle has no future A widely used assault rifle has “no future” with the German military in its current form, Germany’s defense minister said April 22, escalating a dispute over the weapon’s alleged shortcomings. Ursula von der Leyen said last month that a study showed the G36 rifle has a...
 
 
Army photograph

Composites key to tougher, lighter armaments

Army photograph XM-360 test firing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in 2007, is shown. The Army is on the cusp of revolutionizing materials that go into armament construction, making for stronger, lighter and more durable weapo...
 

 

Northrop Grumman signs long-term agreement with Raytheon

Northrop Grumman has entered a long-term agreement with Raytheon to supply its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit for Raytheon optical targeting systems. The long-term agreement with Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business extends through 2018. The LN-200 provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for various...
 
 

NTTR supports first F-35B integration into USMC’s weapons school exercise

The Nevada Test and Training Range was part of history April 21, when four U.S. Marine Corps-assigned F-35B Lightning IIs participated in its first Marine Corps’ Final Exercise of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course on the NTTR’s ranges. The Final Exercise, or FINEX, is the capstone event to the U.S. Marine Corps Marine Aviation...
 
 
AAR-Textron

AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Val...
 




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>