Polish, U.S. Air Forces Participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4.
Polish, U.S. Air Forces Participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4.

Polish, U.S. Air Forces Participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4.

F-16 Fighting Falcons and Airmen assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, deployed to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask AB, Poland, to participate in and support Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4 (ADR 20.4). ADR’s are bilateral training exercises and deployments designed to enhance partner interoperability, maintain joint readiness and assure U.S. regional allies. U.S. Air Force Col. David Epperson, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, said during this ADR the 480th EFS will be integrating with Polish partners to support Operation Atlantic Resolve. Epperson said ADR’s are a way for the U.S. to continue building Partnerships and working with Allies. During ADR 20.4, Epperson said they will be working on multiple mission sets.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, takes off at Łask AB, Poland, August 21, 2020.
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, takes off at Łask AB, Poland, August 21, 2020. The 480th EFS deployed to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask AB, Poland, to participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

Polish air force Col. Tomasz Jatczak, 32nd Tactical Air Base commander, said his goals with the ADR 20.4 were to update proficiency from the Polish side and integrate procedures with the U.S. They are going to fly, plan and execute. But now we have two units here at Łask AB. Two units with one mission, which is to improve warfighting skills and joint readiness. Jatczak said he is looking forward to progressing partnerships with the U.S. Integration is the best part about this ADR. They will get a chance to fly together, update theirs procedures, and best of all become better pilots and Airmen.

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A Polish air force F-16, assigned to the 32nd Tactical Air Base, taxis out of a hangar at Łask AB, Poland, August 19, 2020.
A Polish air force F-16, assigned to the 32nd Tactical Air Base, taxis out of a hangar at Łask AB, Poland, August 19, 2020. The U.S. and Polish forces integrated to participate in Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4, with goals to progress partnerships, strengthen capabilities and learn from each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)

The F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft are assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and based at the 32nd Tactical Air Base, Łask, Poland, during ADR 20.4. The KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft are assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and will be based at the 33rd Airlift Base, Powidz, Poland. In addition, the contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are assigned to the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 at the 12th Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Base, Miroslawiec, Poland.

Starting far left, Polish air force Col. Tomasz Jatczak, 32nd Tactical Air Base commander, Brig. Gen. Iteneusz Nowak, 2nd Tactical Air Wing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. David Epperson, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Kennedy, 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Albert Roper, 52nd Operations Group Detachment One commander, stand in front of a static display for brief interviews at Łask AB, Poland, August 21, 2020.
Starting far left, Polish air force Col. Tomasz Jatczak, 32nd Tactical Air Base commander, Brig. Gen. Iteneusz Nowak, 2nd Tactical Air Wing commander, U.S. Air Force Col. David Epperson, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, Lt. Col. Patrick Kennedy, 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Albert Roper, 52nd Operations Group Detachment One commander, stand in front of a static display for brief interviews at Łask AB, Poland, August 21, 2020. Aviation Detachment Rotation 20.4 gives the U.S. an opportunity to continue strengthening interoperability and partnerships with Polish Allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melody W. Howley)
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