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Ambassador Lee A. Feinstein Visits Ramstein Air Force Base; Meeting with Polish Military Highlight of the Trip

9 January 2012

Ambassador Lee Feinstein visits the Headquarters of the United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) at Ramstein Air Base in Germany today.  He is hosted by General Mark Welsh, USAFE Commander and Commander of NATO's Air Component.  While there, the Ambassador is meeting with senior leadership to discuss current military-to-military engagement and exchange ideas on expanded areas of future cooperation. 

"We're making great progress toward standing up the USAF Aviation Detachment in Poland, and we're all looking forward to a welcoming ceremony by the end of this year," the Ambassador remarked, referring to the initiative agreed between President Obama and President Komorowski in Washington DC on December 8, 2010.     

Missile Defense also figures prominently on the agenda. Ramstein's Air Operations Center (AOC) houses the Command and Control, Battle Management and Communication (C2BMC) system.  C2BMC provides the capability to plan the BMD fight while concurrently tracking all potential ballistic missile threats, and pairing sensors to shooters to defeat those threats. Ambassador Feinstein noted "Ramstein's indispensible role" in the action plan agreed by NATO's Defense Minister's last June to accomplish the necessary steps for the implementation of NATO's missile defense capability.  "Impressive progress has been made in standing up Phase I of the European Phased, Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to missile defense, he remarked, adding, "We're on a good path to 2018," when Poland will host EPAA Phase III.

His visit with Polish military members assigned to NATO posts at Ramstein will be the highlight of his trip.  "They are a talented group of officers and NCOs whose contributions are having an immensely positive impact, advancing NATO's air and missile defense capabilities across the Alliance."  The Ambassador added, "no matter where I encounter Polish military, whether at home here in Poland, in neighboring NATO countries like Germany, or deployed downrange in Afghanistan, I am impressed by their dedication and sacrifice and proud that we can serve together side-by-side." 

Fact Sheet: NATO Missile Defense 

Fact Sheet: U.S.-Poland Bilateral Defense Cooperation  

Fact Sheet: United States European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) and NATO Missile Defense 


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