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Dec 6 2019

NATO staff at Torrejón, Spain commemorates NATO’s 70th anniversary

Commemorating NATO’s 70th anniversary, the women and men from NATO’s Combined Air Operations Center at Torrejón , Spain, participated in a 70 km relay run December 4. Despite a temperature of 1 degree Celsius on a windy morning, the entire staff of the unit was outside to cheer for the participating runners.

Deputy Commander General Dimopoulos opened with an address to runners and spectators: “One run, one team, 7 hours, 70 km, let’s celebrate our commitment to the 70th anniversary of NATO! This event symbolises the enduring commitment to one another, giving us the strength to overcome our differences and rise to any challenge. Standing with unity and resolve in defence of our values, NATO will remain a pillar of stability in an uncertain world for the next generation.”

One run, one team, 7 hours, 70 km, let’s celebrate our commitment to the 70th anniversary of NATO!
The Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejón is located at the Torrejón Air Force Base, northeast of Madrid, Spain. Its primary mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, monitor, analyse and report on the operations of Air Policing means assigned to it in peace time. The unit's area of responsibility comprises European NATO airspace south of the Alps. Hence Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejón is also responsible for some of NATO's special Air Policing arrangements, such as Air Policing over Albania, Air Policing over Slovenia and Air Policing over Montenegro.
Two of the runners heading for the finish line at Combined Air Operations Centre Torrejón after contributing their share to the 70km relay run, commemorating NATO's 70th anniversary. 
Photo by Matthieu Mignot.
The Combined Air Operations Centre's staff waiting for the runners at the finish line. 
Photo by Matthieu Mignot


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