The Air Force deployed a dozen A-10 “Warthog” attack jets and approximately 300 airmen to Germany this week in support of military exercise Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR), according to officials.
The jets and airmen are being sent to Spangdehlem Air Base, a spokesman said.
“The Air Force has been rotating forces as a part of OAR for the past year,” said Lt. Gen. Tom Jones in an Air Force article.
Jones said the deployment “is another way the Air Force is increasing rotational presence in Europe to reassure our allies and partner nations that our commitment to European security is a priority.”
The A-10s and airmen are from the 355th Fighter Wing based at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, and are set to be in place by the end of the month, according to the article.
The jets will train with NATO allies to enhance interoperability between their militaries, and will be the first of several such deployments to Europe. The deployment is slated to last about six months.
The A-10 unit will later forward deploy to locations in Eastern European NATO nations, said the article.
“The U.S. Air Force’s forward presence in Europe area provides the support infrastructure needed to increase our current force and build new and deeper partnerships across the continent,” said Jones.
Operation Atlantic Resolve is “a demonstration” of U.S. European Command and United States Air Forces in Europe’s continued commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region, the article said