The first rotation of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 176th Fighter Squadron, 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, recently arrived at Lask Air Base, Poland.
More than 90 men and women from the 115th FW will train and integrate with their coalition partners at the Av-Det Rotation 13-2 joint theater security cooperation event.
U.S. aircraft, service members and civilian contractors will rotate to the Av-Det on a quarterly basis to foster bilateral defense ties, enhance regional security and increase interoperability among NATO allies through combined training exercises.
The first fighter rotation is designed to demonstrate the Air Forces’ total force concept, as the Air National Guard and active-duty components team together and integrate with coalition partners to meet combined operations requirements.
“The arrival of the 115th FW represents the next iteration in the aviation detachment’s role as the host and lead coordinating element for bilateral training exercises between the USAF and Polish Air Force,” said Maj. Matthew Spears, Av-Det commander from Pueblo, Colo. “With each rotation, the Av-Det works to improve our processes and build a stronger partnership.”