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52nd FW hosts Italian air force during aviation rotation

U.S. Air Force F-16s and Tornados worked together improving the integration and interoperability of the participating assets.

Aircrew from the Italian air force prep and perform pre-flight inspections on an Italian Tornado before take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 18, 2019. The Tornados are currently deployed to Spangdahlem as a part of an electronic warfare exercise to fly and train beside U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

U.S. Air Force F-16s and Tornados worked together improving the integration and interoperability of the participating assets.

Aircrew from the Italian air force perform pre-flight maintenance on an Italian Tornado before take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 28, 2019. During the Electronic Warfare Exercise, Tornados are learning and executing Suppression of Enemy Air Defense missions from U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

The ItAF participated in a joint exercise with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons to strengthen cooperation with friendly assets.

Aircrew from the Italian air force discuss procedures for the Italian Tornado in preparation for take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 18, 2019. The ItAF participated in a joint exercise with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons to strengthen cooperation with friendly assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

The ItAF participated in a joint exercise with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons to strengthen cooperation with friendly assets.

An Italian air force aircrew member salutes the pilot of an Italian Tornado as it prepares to taxi to the runway on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 18, 2019. During an electronic warfare exercise, the aircraft flew composite air operations with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

U.S. Air Force F-16s and Tornados worked together improving the integration and interoperability of the participating assets.

An Italian Tornado taxis out of a hardened shelter in preparation for take off from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 18, 2019. During the Electronic Warfare Exercise, U.S. Air Force F-16s and Tornados worked together improving the integration and interoperability of the participating assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

The ItAF participated in a joint exercise with U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons to strengthen cooperation with friendly assets.

An Italian Tornado takes off from a runway on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 18, 2019. The Italian air force is deployed to Germany for an electronic warfare exercise that flew composite air operations in order to strengthen the connections with U.S. Air Force allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alison Stewart)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

In order to increase partnership, integration and interoperability, the Italian air force has been training and operating out of Spangdahlem during a recent aviation rotation.

Hosting the ItAF has been an opportunity for some 52nd Fighter Wing agencies to hone their skills when it comes to interacting with allied forces.

According to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Steven Mohan, 52nd Operations Support Squadron Tower Assistant Chief Controller working with the ItAF has benefited the tower allowing them to communicate effectively from joint operations.

“We are getting hands-on experience integrating a different airframe into wing flying,” Mohan said. “This can be challenging at times due to the different flight profiles and procedures, but it helps to expand our already diverse controlling portfolio with increases tower controllers’ resiliency and expeditionary readiness.”

Additionally hosting the ItAF and other Allied Forces is important to not only the wing, but to the Air Force overall because it allows Airmen to enhance their ability to build better partnership capacities, according to Mohan.

“Building key joint partners, such as the ItAF, allows us to better posture and respond to multinational engagements,” Mohan said. “The cooperation between our services allows us to leverage our joint skills and abilities to accomplish the mission and support our allies.”