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New Commander welcomed at DACCC

Poggio Renatico, Italy - On19 January 2016, General Frank Gorenc, Commander of Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, officiated the ceremony inaugurating Major General Andreas F. Kraak, Royal Netherlands Air Force, as the Commander of NATO’s DACCC.

Major General Kraak has been an F-16 fighter pilot for over 30 years with a total of more than 2,500 hours. He has been squadron commander, base commander and was Chief of the Planning Cell at CAOC Vicenza during operations in Kosovo in 1999. After several staff functions in various commands he was promoted to his current rank and was appointed to as the DACCC Commander with effect from 1 January 2016 confirmed by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.

"The DACCC elements - the deployable Air Operations Centre and the DARS - need to be fully ready and trained at any time," said Major General Kraak during the ceremony, "The DACCC needs to be able to forward deploy trained elements of the Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) and it is the department head for JFAC training. Whatever happens: the mission will always prevail!”

The DACCC is composed of the Deployable Air Operations Centre (DAOC), the Deployable Air Control Center, Recognized Air Picture Production Center and Sensor Fusion Post (DARS) and, when activated, the Deployable Sensor Section (DSS) all located at Poggio Renatico. The DACCC prepares its elements for world-wide operational deployment.

The next upcoming event for NATO’s deployable Air Command and Control entity will be the deployment of the DARS under exercise Ramstein Dust I-2016 scheduled for June this year. This type of exercises focuses on the deployable air mission control and surveillance capability essential for delivery of ready and responsive air power to NATO operations.

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