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 Mar 31 2021

Gen Jeffrey Harrigian at DACCC: Mission is vital to deterrence and defence

Ramstein, Germany – General Jeffrey Harrigian, Commander Allied Air Command, met with leaders from two of NATO’s deployable air units at the end of March. He visited the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) and the Italian Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) at Poggio Renatico, Italy.

At the Italian Joint Force Air Component, which is currently on stand-by for the NATO Response Force 21, Lieutenant General Gianni Candotti, Commander Italian Air Forces, and Major General Claudio Gabellini, Commander DACCC, briefed General Harrigian about potential options of using the Italian facilities as an alternate location for his NATO Command Structure JFAC. The ability to use national and NATO facilities will enhance Alliance resiliency for its deployable components.

The DACCC team's  readiness and ability to quickly deploy on NATO missions around the world contributes to global security and promotes international stability

General Harrigian visited the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) Testing and Training Facility. He took a seat at the console himself to better understand ACCS’s ability and features for air operations’ planning and interoperability to the Italian sensors, which is vital for future mission success.

“The men and women at the DACCC remain vital to NATO’s mission of deterrence and collective defence,” said General Jeffrey Harrigian. “Their readiness and ability to quickly deploy on NATO missions around the world contributes to global security and promotes international stability,” he added.deploy on NATO missions around the world contributes to global security and promotes international stability,” he added.

Harrigian finished his visit to the DACCC inspecting the newly established Deployable Sensor Branch. This unit will receive an active radar and a passive sensor to enhance the unit’s capability to establish the Recognised Air Picture and feed into the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System network whilst deployed. 

The DACCC provides a capability for deployable Surveillance and Control of Alliance Air Operations. Its mission is to prepare elements for worldwide operational deployment, and together with the Combined Air Operations Centres, to deliver well-trained and specialised experts to augment Allied Air Command staff during Allied operations and exercises. 


Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

General Harrigian at an ACCS operator's console with Lieutenant Colonel Giorgio Pappalepore inside the ACCS Testing and Training Facility. Photo by Leonardo Annunziata
From left to right Major General Claudio Gabellini, General Jeffrey Harrigian, Lieutenant General Gianni Candotti, Brigadier General Christoph Pliet, DACCC Deputy Commander, and Colonel José-Luid Medina-Saiz, DACCC Combat Service Support Division Director, CSSD with the Deployable Passive Emittance Tracker or DPET training sensor. Photo by Leonardo Annunziata.
General Harrigian addressing the members of the United States Element of the DACCC. Photo by Leonardo Annunziata
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