The United States Air Forces in Europe-Africa

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The U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa ‘USAFE-AFAFRICA’ , with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is a major Command of the U.S. Air Force. It is the Air component for two Department of Defense unified Commands – U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.  During most of the Cold War, USAFE-AFAFRICA was a fight-in-place Force postured for a large-scale conflict.  Since the fall of the Soviet Union, it has transitioned to an Air Expeditionary Force with a Mobile and Deployable mix of people and resources that can simultaneously Operate in Multiple Locations.

                                  US F-16 Fighting Falcon 2015F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Aug. 12, 2015 ©USAFE

The Operational Missions

–To executes the Air Force, USEUCOM and USAFRICOM missions with forward-based Airpower and infrastructure and to conduct and enable theater and Global Operations.
–To direct Air Operations in a theater spanning three Continents, covering more than 15 million square miles, containing 104 independent states, and possessing more than one-fifth of the World’s population and more than a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product
–Its role includes War-fighting
–The Humanitarian Relief, Peacekeeping Operations
–And other non-Traditional Contingencies throughout its area of responsibility.

In peacetime, U.S Air Forces Europe-Africa, Trains  and equips Air-Force Units pledged to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ‘NATO’  and to the Peace and Stability of African States.  In fulfilling its NATO responsibilities, USAFE-AFAFRICA maintains Combat-ready Wings Based from the United Kingdom to Turkey.  The U.S. Air Forces in Europe -and the U.S Air Forces in Africa: Plans, Conducts, Controls, Coordinates and Supports Air and Space Operations in Europe and Africa to achieve U.S. National and NATO objectives based on tasking by the USEUCOM and USAFRICOM Commanders.  The  USAFE-AFAFRICA has seven main Operating Bases along with 114 geographically separated Locations, working closely with the Allied to foster Strong Europe,  and maintain Security and Peace in the World. 


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January  2017

U.S. Air Forces in Europe, the 75th anniversary

Commitment, partnership…..from 1942 to 2017 the 75th anniversary of U.S. Air Forces in Europe…..flying for a Nobel cause…… Freedom.


January 19,2017 ©U.S Air Force Europe-Africa

From the creation of Eighth Air Force in 1942 to Operation Atlantic Resolve in 2017, U.S. Air Forces in Europe has answered the call to service for 75 years. 
USAFE’s 75th anniversary is Jan. 19, but the command will celebrate the diamond anniversary of the U.S. Air Force presence in Europe on Jan. 23.  Announced by  USAFE Pubic Affairs January 19, 2017  RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany. 



November 2016

The Air-Forces of France, UK and the US in Exercise Tonnerre Lightning

Started on October 31, Exercise Tonnerre Lightning with the Air-Forces of France, the United Kingdom and the U.S  reached its final stage on November 9th.  The exercise was in the series of two years phase executed at RAF Waddington in England. 


Nov 16, 2016 © US Mission to NATO            News from NATO Secretary General

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September 2016

The U.S-European Armed-Forces in Exercise Northern Challenge 16

Northern Challenge 16 is under way in Keflavik, Iceland.                                                                                                    The Exercise is a multinational counter explosive device in NATO’s counter-terrorism programme and hosted by Iceland. 

northern-challenge-excercise-us-air-force-sep-2016 September 22, 2016                        

© U.S Mission to NATO 

The U.S Air Force Europe and the 52nd EOD ( Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Airmen have been holding a crucial role for executing this multinational exercise along with Iceland as the host country. 

Announced by the U.S Air Base in Germany, the  52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs:  “The Exercise is to bring U.S and European counterparts from allied and partner nations to become familiar with each other’s Military procedures and achieve greater interoperability in combating terrorism.”

The participating Armed-Forces are from NATO allies,  Partnership for Peace,  including:  Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

 News from MFA of Iceland                                    News from Iceland Mission to NATO  
Sources:  U.S Air Force in Europe-Africa/52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/ Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany/ U.S Mission to NATO




August 2016

The U.S Air Force fortifies the NATO Allies Security and Defence

The new Combat Ready Eagles from United States Air-Force F35A has expanded further the NATO Allies Air-Space Defense Capabilities. 

US F35A US NATO 2016

August 3, 2016 © US Mission NATO 




March  2016

The U.S Air Forces Europe in NATO Training Exercise Real Thaw

                                     USAFE in NATO Real Thaw Feb.2016U.S. Airmen and NATO Forces in the opening  ceremony of Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, February 21, 2016 © USAFEU-Africa/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber

The U.S Air Force from Europe participated in one of NATO’s recent Training Exercise ‘Real Thaw’ hosted by Portuguese Armed-Forces. The Training aimed to upgrade the participants Nations’ skills in the non-Combat Operations while increasing the Allied Interoperability and effectiveness in both Offensive and Defensive Air Operations.

The Real Thaw was carried out from February 22- March 3, with the participation of Air Forces  from Belgium, Denmark, France, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, and other NATO Forces.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to be here in Portugal,”  “We’re excited to be here working side by side with our NATO Allies honing our Joint Air Interoperability as well as Tactical Skills.”  stated Lt. Col. Rob Fowler, from U.S  493rd Fighter Squadron Operations Supervisor.

“Real Thaw gives us the opportunity to train and learn from other Countries experiences,”  “Here we are able to effectively learn how to use each other’s assets and how to play together if there is ever a time we come together in a Deployed Theater.” expressed Officer Buzzer from 301st Portuguese Air Base F-16M Pilot.


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