U.S. Air Force teaches first command and control course in Bulgaria

Members from the 337th Air Control Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are teaching and overseeing the first Bulgarian command and control training course in Sofia, Bulgaria, from May 28, 2018 – June 8, 2018.

Romanian air force Capt. Alexandra Hulluba, air defense artillery, center, listens to a briefing during the first Bulgarian command and control training course in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 30, 2018. U.S. Airmen taught the two-week course specifically to Bulgarian and Romanian air force command and control agencies in preparation for next month’s Thracian Eagle exercise, which aims to improve the readiness of Bulgarian and Romanian air force personnel and improve interoperability within an exercise environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

U.S. Air Force teaches first command and control course in Bulgaria

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Liviu Bogdan, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron translator, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, left, speaks to Romanian army 1st Lt. Nicolae Nencu, intercept controller, right, during the first Bulgarian command and control training course in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 30, 2018. U.S. Airmen taught the two-week course specifically to Bulgarian and Romanian air force command and control agencies in preparation for next month’s Thracian Eagle exercise, which aims to improve the readiness of Bulgarian and Romanian air force personnel and improve interoperability within an exercise environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

Bulgarian air force Capt. Mariya Ivanova, intercept controller, writes in a notebook during the first Bulgarian command and control training course in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 30, 2018. U.S. Airmen taught the two-week course is specifically to Bulgarian and Romanian air force command and control agencies in preparation for next month’s Thracian Eagle exercise which aims to improve the readiness of Bulgarian and Romanian air force personnel and improve interoperability within an exercise environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry)

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Members from the 337th Air Control Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are teaching and overseeing the first Bulgarian command and control training course in Sofia, Bulgaria, from May 28, 2018 – June 8, 2018.


The two week course is taught in preparation for next month’s Thracian Eagle exercise, which aims to improve the readiness of Bulgarian and Romanian air force personnel and improve interoperability within an exercise environment.


“We’re here to help the Bulgarian and Romanian command and control agencies learn a little bit more from us on the NATO standard,” said Capt. Ben Norman, 337th Air Control Squadron air battle manager instructor. “Not only does it improve them and their command and control capability, but it also helps out the whole NATO allied nation by them taking the knowledge learned here to network and teach others in Eastern Europe.”


The course includes tactics for vectoring aircraft to and from approach control surfaces, radar intercept techniques and procedures, and overall air operations center and air battle management integration.


This training is part of a wider multi-lateral engagement in Bulgaria and supports Operation Atlantic Resolve, a demonstration to the collective security of Europe and continued commitment to peace and stability in the region.


“I think that the information we have received so far is just the beginning of this partnership,” said Maj. Galin Rogashki, Bulgarian air force command, control and surveillance. Rogashki finds these courses beneficial and hopes for further opportunities in the future.