USAF deploys airmen and A-10 Thunderbolt for cross-border training in Slovakia

20 July 2016 (Last Updated July 20th, 2016 18:30)

The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed more than 140 airmen and eight A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft to participate in cross-border training in Slovakia as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed more than 140 airmen and eight A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft to participate in cross-border training in Slovakia as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

The A-10s deployed to Sliac Air Base for the training are from the 122nd Fighter Wing (FW) at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne, Indiana, US.

During the month-long event, airmen will take part in training and familiarisation events alongside Slovak Armed Forces.

The airmen will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed USAF and Nato aircraft in the region.

The deployment is aimed at ensuring the US is committed to its allies and deterrence efforts against Russia.

It is expected to increase US military combat capabilities, which are essential to fulfilling the nation’s European security obligations.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued US commitment to the collective security of Nato and to enduring peace and stability in the region.

"The deployment is aimed at ensuring the US is committed to its allies and deterrence efforts against Russia."

The 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, part of the 122nd FW, will also demonstrate close air support capabilities alongside the Slovak Air Force.

The two air forces will further integrate by taking part in familiarisation classroom events such as safety procedures, further air combat manoeuvre discussions and air surveillance techniques.

The unit will also conduct cross-border flights with deployed USAF total force partners flying F-16 Fighting Falcons, KC-135 Stratotankers, C-130 Hercules and other aircraft from allied nations.

The deployed airmen underwent extensive preparation, ranging from cultural awareness to weapons qualification and medical training.


Image: An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxies after landing at Sliac Air Base, Slovakia. Photo: courtesy of US Air National Guard photo / Staff Sgt. William Hopper.