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Deputy Commander meets AIRCOM staff at CPX in Italy

On 27 June, AIRCOM Deputy Commander, French Lieutenant General Dominique de Longvilliers, visited the AIRCOM command post exercise Ramstein Ambition I 2016 (RAAN I 16) currently being held at the facilities of the Italian Air Operations Command in Poggio Renatico, Italy. Before inspecting the exercise, General de Longvilliers had an office call with Brigadier General Paolo Mazzi, Air Operations Command Deputy Commander. He then met with Brigadier General Roberto di Marco, Deputy Commander of NATO’s Deployable Air Command and Control (DACCC), also located at Poggio Renatico.

Led by Brigadier General Kevin Huyck, JFAC* director for RAAN I 16, exercise staff from HQ AIRCOM, the two Combined Air Operations Centres at Torrejon, Spain, and Uedem, Germany, and the DACCC, then provided briefings to General de Longvilliers updating him about the progress the exercise was making. The main goal of exercise RAAN I 16 is to provide organizational training to newly arrived staff in their respective roles within an entity that ensures operational command and control of Allied air forces in a fictitious, but realistic scenario. Besides this transfer of expert knowledge, RAAN I 16 is a stepping stone training for the upcoming exercise Trident Juncture 2016, where the AIRCOM JFAC will be responsible to the Joint Commander and required to excel at this task in a joint scenario.

The visit concluded with an opportunity for the French General to meet with all French staff at the DACCC.

HQ AIRCOM is responsible for standing up the NATO Command Structure JFAC for any NATO operation vwithin SACEUR's area of responsibility or exceeding NATO Force Structure capabilities. It can be supplemented from all AIRCOM entities and/or augmented from NATO nations.

* Joint Force Air Component

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