AIRCOM continues to work with Allied and Partner Air Forces

Commander AIRCOM, General Tod D. Wolters welcomes NATO and Partner Air Chiefs and outlines his perspective on the key items for discussion. Photo: Cynthia Vernat, HQ AIRCOM PAO
Mar 16, 2017

RAMSTEIN, Germany - NATO Air Chiefs, General Officers and Senior Enlisted Leaders from 25 Allied Air Forces and six Partner countries convened Mar 15 to 16 for the first NATO Air Chiefs’ Symposium of 2017.  Chaired by the Commander of Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), General Tod D. Wolters, the symposium is held twice a year to discuss Joint and Air domain issues. For the first time, informational multi-media marquees, mission briefs and tours of the Operations Centres demonstrated AIRCOM’s capabilities and performance. The Air Chiefs made ample use of the opportunity to meet with both National Representatives and Allied Air Command General Officers, informing the subsequent symposium’s strategic discussions.

The Symposium focused on three segments from ‘Assurance Today to Deterrence Tomorrow’ and culminated with ‘Pathways To Our Future’.  General Wolters welcomed the Air Chiefs and their accompanying Senior Enlisted Leaders presenting his perspectives on transitioning in both posture and mindset from engagement and assurance to deterrence and defence.     

"NATO, and its Air Forces, are facing a very dynamic security environment, one that recently has become more complex, fast moving and demanding,” said General Wolters. "We’re excited to see so many Air Chiefs accept our invitation to attend this forum and to discuss how we can together further align Air Power going forward” 

AIRCOM’s subject matter experts delivered operational updates on Air Policing, NATO Airborne Early Warning, Ballistic Missile Defence and the Alliance Ground Surveillance system, with a focus on future developments.  Additionally Air’s contribution to enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), NATO’s strengthened deterrence and defence posture in the eastern and southeastern parts of NATO and tailored Forward Presence (tFP), Allies presence in the southeast part of the Alliance, were examined.  The final segment discussed both operational and strategic synergies and initiatives that provide mutual benefit and security to Alliance members and Partners.

"We, here at Allied Air Command will proudly continue to work together with all NATO and Partner Air Chiefs to provide Air Power for a steadfast and defensive Alliance, committed to peace and security,” General Wolters concluded.

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office


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