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June 28, 2015

US and Polish Air Forces conduct electronic warfare exercise

The US Air Force (USAF) and the Polish Air Force have jointly participated in Ramstein Guard, an electronic warfare Nato exercise in which Poland was the lead nation.

By Samseer M

F-16 Fighting Falcon

The US Air Force (USAF) and the Polish Air Force have jointly participated in Ramstein Guard, an electronic warfare Nato exercise in which Poland was the lead nation.

As part of this exercise, which was conducted at Lask Air Base in Poland, the US deployed 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th and 157th Fighter Squadrons and around 250 service members to employ land and air capabilities.

Project officer captain Jeffrey Entine said: "Exercises such as Ramstein Guard allow us to work alongside our allies, providing our perspective on operations, while gaining an understanding on how our partners conduct their operations.

"We learn from each other so that if there is a conflict in which we are operating together, we understand and can anticipate each other’s needs."

"The exercise is aimed to enable Nato forces to operate in an adverse electromagnetic environment in an integrated and coordinated fashion."

Ramstein Guard represents the Allied Air Command’s name for a series of exercises carried out by one of the Combined Air Operations Centers under the Nato Electronic Warfare Force Integration Program.

The exercise is aimed to enable Nato forces to operate in an adverse electromagnetic environment in an integrated and coordinated fashion.

Lask deployed force commander major Nathaniel Karrs said: "This is an excellent opportunity.

"During Ramstein Guard, we focused on interoperability and communication, while demonstrating resolve of our allies and partner forces."

Meanwhile, the airmen who were deployed to Lask Air Base also participated in the US Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise, Saber Strike 2015, and Polish-led combined exercise Eagle Talon in the Baltic region.

Recently, the USAF started the joint training exercise, Northern Edge 2015, bringing approximately 6,000 US Military service members together in a joint-forces environment.


Image: An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off in support of Nato exercise, Eagle Talon. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo / Senior Master Sgt Wesley Fleming.

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