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    10th AAMDC Integrates with NATO Allies at NAMFI


    Photo By Sgt. Vincent Wilson | Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Rudi Snel, team chief of the exercises evaluation team...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Vincent Wilson 

    10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

    CHANIA, Greece - Soldiers from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC), U.S. Air Force personnel, and NATO allies are preparing for the annual NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) live fire exercise, Nov. 18, 2020. The NAMFI live fire is designed to enhance interoperability among NATO allies and partners to increase readiness through the integration of land component air and missile defense capabilities.

    NAMFI is a German led, Greece hosted exercise and is supported by The Netherlands. The NAMFI live fire takes place on the Greek Island of Crete and is conducted by more than 600 personnel from the U.S., Greece, Germany and the Netherlands. This year's live fire marks the return of U.S. personnel to the exercise after a three-year hiatus. On Monday, U.S. Patriot operators will fire four missiles from German Patriot missile platforms.

    The mission is for ground forces to establish a fully integrated and partnered surface-based air defense operations cell and then conduct a live fire exercise, explained Netherlands Air Force Lt. Col. Rudi Snel, assigned to NATO Air Command Headquarters. Snel, who is also the Team Chief of the exercises evaluation team, said this will all be accomplished while being graded by a team of 51 evaluators.

    “U.S. involvement in this exercise is in part to increase interoperability and readiness alongside our allies in order to deter aggression in the region”, said U.S. Army Maj. Richard Smothers, an air defense artillery fire control officer assigned to the 678th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and the U.S.’ national representative here. He added that sharing experiences, tasks and information among allies increases readiness and lethality as a whole and is a valuable takeaway from the exercise.

    U.S. and NATO allies will be participating in the exercise via force integration training by embedding in German Air Force Air Missile Defense teams assigned to Air Defense MissileWing 1. U.S. soldiers are integrating into German units, using German equipment to accomplish the mission as a single entity. Executing the exercise in this manner is intended to build partnership between NATO allies as well as give individual servicemembers familiarization and experience in multinational operations, even in the midst of a pandemic.

    Lt. Col. Snel referred to COVID-19 as the “biggest challenge” and “his only challenge” while conducting and planning this exercise. Maj. Smothers went on to explain the various measures taken to protect servicemembers from the spread COVID-19. “The strict mitigation of COVID-19 has been at the forefront from the very start of the exercise”, said Smothers. “Social distancing has been strictly enforced, training areas have been properly planned to ensure proper spacing is achieved for all soldiers and minimizing exposure to outside personnel have all been a key point throughout the exercise and has been consistent and deliberate.”



    Date Taken: 11.18.2020
    Date Posted: 11.23.2020 04:39
    Story ID: 383483
    Location: CHANIA, CRETE, GR

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