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Air Force Takes Part in Off-station Training With Greece

By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity

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WASHINGTON, February 6, 2015 — Air Force personnel are in off-station training in Elefsis, Greece, to promote and maintain joint readiness, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

Some 220 airmen and three C-130 aircraft from the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in addition to a C-130 out of the 317th Airlift Group from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, are participating in the training, Warren said.

The training began Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 14.

Building Capabilities, Partnership, Interoperability

“The training … will evaluate aircraft and personnel capabilities and train in NATO operations with the Hellenic air force to promote and maintain joint readiness, while also building interoperability capabilities with a NATO partner,” he said.

The mission will train participating units in formation, low-level and night-vision-goggles flying, and dropping heavy equipment and personnel loads with the Hellenic air force, Warren added.

The off-station training builds upon the nations’ joint capabilities, ensuring a much stronger partnership and enhanced interoperability, he said.

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