ODC Activities 2012
United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) Major General David Scott Visits Polish Air Force Headquarters in Warsaw and 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask, Poland
10 February 2012
Major General David Scott, USAFE Director, Operations, Strategic Deterrence, and Nuclear Integration, visited Polish Air Force Headquarters on 8 February to meet with Polish Air Chief General Lech Majewski to discuss ongoing cooperation between USAFE and the Polish Air Force. Topics of discussion included the upcoming activation of the U.S. Aviation Detachment, the Military Personnel Exchange Program, bilateral training opportunities, and future development of the Polish Air Force. In addition to meeting with Gen Majewski, Gen Scott visited the Polish Air Force Hall of Tradition and received a briefing on the status of Poland’s F-16 and C-130 programs.
Following his visit at the Polish Air Force headquarters, Gen Scott flew to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask, Poland. There he met with the 2nd Tactical Air Wing Commander Brigadier General Włodzimierz Usarek and the 32nd Tactical Air Base Commander Colonel Krystian Zięć. They discussed with Gen Scott matters pertaining to the upcoming U.S. Aviation Detachment, which will be located at the base, and took him on a tour to see existing base infrastructure and new construction projects.
The Aviation Detachment is one of several bilateral cooperation initiatives between the U.S. and Polish militaries. It is part of the cooperation outlined by U.S. President Barack Obama and Polish President Bronisław Komorowski in their 8 December 2010 Joint Statement on expanding U.S.-Polish defense cooperation. The Aviation Detachment will be important for strengthening interoperability among U.S., Polish, and NATO air forces. All parties involved with the visit expressed that they are excited to move forward with this initiative and are certain it will improve our friendship through training and lead to additional avenues of cooperation in the future.