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U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Spears, commander of Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group, talks with Polish air force commander Lt. Gen. Lech Majewski and Col. Krystian Ziec, 32nd Tactical Air Base commander, discuss future partnership-building events July 17, 2013. Spears' aviation detachment is a training hub for all inbound U.S. aircraft into Poland, and the unit has organized four aircraft rotations a year. Aviano Air Base, Italy, supplied the airmen for this rotation - the third since the aviation detachment's creation in 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee/Released)

LASK AIR BASE, Poland - The commander of the Polish air force visited U.S. service members here as part of an operations tour of Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group July 17, 2013.

Lt. Gen. Lech Majewski met and spoke with aviation detachment leadership and Aviano Air Base, Italy, airmen who are the third overall aircraft rotation to the two-week training course.

"It's a very important thing for us," Majewski said. "It's the next level of cooperation. We have a great opportunity to meet and share our experiences and train together on the ground and in the air."

The Polish military has employed the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft for less than 10 years and have since begun developing their tactics and capabilities. The F-16 aircraft entered the U.S. arsenal in 1979, and the pilots Aviano have been flying the airframe since 1994. The two nations have been sharing experiences with the activation of the detachment last year.

Majewski toured the facility occupied by the 510th Fighter Squadron and walked along the U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. He thanked both the pilots and ground crew for their continuing contributions to develop and improve allied air readiness.

"The best way to cooperate is to fly together," he said, "and this is one of the best places to do it. Thank you for coming to Poland."


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Date Taken:07.17.2013

Date Posted:07.17.2013 10:03

Location:LASK AIR BASE, PL

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