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    513th brings E-3 Sentry to NATO for first time in 20 years

    513th brings E-3 Sentry to NATO for first time in 20 years

    Photo By Capt. Caleb Wanzer | Operations Airmen from the 513th Air Control Group step off a U.S. Air Force E-3...... read more read more



    Story by 2nd Lt. Caleb Wanzer 

    513th Air Control Group

    This year’s BALTOPS will mark the first time in two decades that a U.S. E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft will participate in a NATO exercise.

    Lt. Col. Mattey, the detachment commander for the 513th, said that flying in the European theater provides some new and different challenges.

    “As Reservists, most of our training is stateside so it is vital we seek opportunities to integrate and exercise various Operation Plans,” Mattey said. “The 513th has participated in three Pacific-area exercises over the last two years, so this time we linked up with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and selected BALTOPS 2017 as our exercise to learn and integrate with our European friends.”

    The AWACS Reservists are joining about 900 Airmen from NATO nations like Norway, Poland and Germany who are slated to support the exercise.

    “This exercise provides U.S. Air Force Reserve AWACS operations and maintenance Airmen the opportunity to integrate with 13 NATO nations,” Mattey said. “This is quite an endeavor, considering we all fly and fight with very different equipment like data links, which provide life and death information across the battle space.”

    BALTOPS is an annual recurring multinational, maritime-focused exercise designed to provide high-end training for the participants. This year, 14 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and NATO's Enhanced Opportunities Partners: Finland and Sweden) will participate.

    The exercise is designed to enhance flexibility, strengthen combined response capabilities and demonstrate resolve among Allied and Partner Nations' forces to ensure stability in, and if necessary defend, the Baltic Sea region.

    BALTOPS, which began in 1972, continues to be an excellent opportunity for NATO and regional partners to strengthen interoperability through a series of combined tactical maneuvers and scenarios.



    Date Taken: 06.02.2017
    Date Posted: 06.02.2017 00:47
    Story ID: 236095

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