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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 586-02
November 15, 2002

DOD PROVIDES AERIAL SUPPORT TO 2002 NATO SUMMIT

DoD announces the United States is providing military aircraft at the request of the Czech Republic to assist in air defense over Prague during the 2002 NATO summit.

The U.S. forces directed to deploy or participate in support of the summit include F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy; F-15 Eagles from the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; 606th Air Control Squadron, from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; and KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom.

The United States is one part of a larger NATO effort to provide security for the 2002 NATO summit - an example of the interoperability and security cooperation existing between NATO allies.

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