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Feb 9 2022

US SECRETARY OF AIR FORCE VISITS ALLIED AIR COMMAND AND NATO SPACE CENTRE

Ramstein, Germany- During a visit to Ramstein Air Base by the US Secretary of Air Force (SECAF), Mr Frank Kendall, he met with NATO leaders at Headquarters Allied Air Command and visited the NATO Space Centre on 8 February 2022.

Among other air topics, we discussed the need to maintain close cooperation between the NATO Space Centre and US Space Command in order to continue the enhancement of space situational awareness for Allied Commanders.

General Jeff Harrigian, Commander United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa and Commander Allied Air Command, welcomed Mr Frank Kendall to Ramstein Air Base and accompanied him during his visit.  The Secretary was able to meet a wide range of American and NATO service personnel, who collaborate closely to deliver coherent Alliance activities.

"The ironclad partnership between the United States and our NATO Allies is on clear display at AIRCOM," said Secretary Kendall. "Whether working together for air operations across Europe or increasing cooperative efforts in space, the actions we take side-by-side are aimed to preserve peace, maintain stability and enhance security. This is the 'One Team, One Fight' mindset in action."

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Presentation by Lt Col Paul Arnold (CAN) at the NATO Space center Centre. Photo by: Arnaud Chamberlin.
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US Secretary of Air Force, Mr Frank Kendall Photo by: Arnaud Chamberlin
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Three US AIRCOM personnel were awarded a SECAF coin during the visit - MSgt Christopher Terrell receives his coin.  
Photo by: Arnaud Chamberlin

Mr Frank Kendall had the opportunity to visit Headquarters Allied Air Command (AIRCOM).  He received a briefing on the NATO Space Centre, which highlighted the rapid development of this centre as a focal point for space expertise in NATO operations and activities.

"It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of the US Air Force to HQ Allied Air Command and show him the daily efforts of our multinational staffs to safeguard the skies across Europe," said Lieutenant General Pascal Delerce, Deputy Commander Allied Air Command.  "Among other air topics, we discussed the need to maintain close cooperation between the NATO Space Centre and US Space Command in order to continue the enhancement of space situational awareness for Allied Commanders."

Three AIRCOM personnel were awarded a SECAF coin during the visit. Master Sergeant Christopher Terrell received a coin for his outstanding performance and recent accomplishments at the NATO Space Centre. Lieutenant Colonel Edward Talley and Technical Sergeant Stephanie Higley were also recognised for excellence in their NATO appointments.  

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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