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AIRCOM staff deploys to Italy for command post exercise

Ramstein -  In the early afternoon, at the Ramstein Air Base passenger terminal, the HQ AIRCOM Chief of Staff, Major General Erich Siegmann, bade farewell to some 90 staff members who deployed to northern Italy to participate in AIRCOM’s exercise Ramstein Ambition I 2016 (RAAN I 16).

For the first time this initial preparation exercise for the HQ staff will be held at the facilities of the Italian Joint Force Air Component (JFAC), home also to NATO’s Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC), at Poggio Renatico, Italy.

Around 200 staff from the Headquarters and the two Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOCs) at Torrejon, Spain, and Uedem, Germany, are going to join 60 staff from the DACCC to execute the command post exercise RAAN I 16 from 20 to 29 June 2016.

The RAAN series is normally held at the headquarters of AIRCOM at Ramstein Air Base. Due to presently ongoing construction work inside the headquarters facilities at Ramstein, the facilities of the Italian JFAC have been chosen as a venue.

RAAN I 16 is a command post exercise planned and executed under the auspices of HQ AIRCOM. It is designed to transfer corporate knowledge from soon to be departing members to exercise AIRCOM operational air command and control specialists. These skill are needed to maintain full functionality of the NATO Command Structure Joint Force Air Component / Air Operations Centre organization required to provide air command and control for Allied air forces in a joint operation. The exercise play is designed around a Peace Support Operation scenario and will be based on a simulated contemporary hybrid war scenario.


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